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Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova attacked in her home, suffering possible knife injuries

Rippa Staff 20 Dec 2016
  • Petra Kvitova was attacked and injured in her home in Prostejov
  • The two-time Wimbledon champion reportedly received knife wounds to her left hand
  • The incident is being described as a burglary 
Petra Kvitova in action in a recent tournament in Beijing

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was attacked and injured in her home.


It has been reported by Reuters, drawing on reports from Czech outlets, that top women's player Petra Kvitova has been attacked and injured in her home in the Czech Republic.

Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014 and has been ranked as high as world no. 2, was reportedly attacked at home in her flat in Prostejov and has suffered non-life threatening injuries in the attack on Tuesday.

There have been reports of sustained knife wounds to tendons in her left hand. The two-time Wimbledon champion plays left-handed.

Kvitova has been receiving medical attention.

The incident has been characterized as a burglary.

'It was a random criminal act,' Czech news agency CTK quoted spokesman Karel Tejkal as saying. 'She was assaulted in her apartment and is in the care of doctors, but her injuries are not life threatening.'

News of the attack recalls the incident which blighted the career of Anna Chakvetadze, the Russian player once ranked as high as world no. 5, who was assaulted and tied up for over six hours during a robbery at her home in 2007. Chakvetadze was never the same player again.

Kvitova struggled for much of the 2016 season, splitting with long-time coach David Kotyza and dropping out of the top 10, but succeeded in winning a bronze medal in women's singles at the Rio Olympics and made a positive end to the year with titles in Wuhan and Zhuhai. Ending the year ranked world no. 11, Kvitova had been in the news most recently for pulling out of a planned appearance at the Hopman Cup, a week-long mixed-gender exhibition tournament in Perth, where she was due to appear with Adam Pavlasek to represent the Czech Republic. This was due to a foot injury Kvitova suffered at the end of the season. 





Kvitova's most recent Tweets.

Kvitova issued a statement via the Czech Republic Fed Cup team's official Facebook page, in which she encouraged her fans not to worry, saying she was with her family. 

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