Kvitova injured in knife attack, plans to play later this season

PRAGUE — Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was injured by a knife-wielding attacker at her home Tuesday and had to undergo surgery on her left hand.

The left-handed player’s injuries were “serious,” but “there’s no reason to think she wouldn’t be able to play tennis,” said her spokes-man Karel Tejkal, who described the incident as a burglary Kvitova will, however, miss the Australian Open and a significant part of the season because she won’t be able to fully train for at least three months, Tejkal said, adding that Kvitova sustained damage to the tendons in her hand, along with injuries to all five fingers and two nerves.

Kvitova said she considered herself lucky to have survived the attack in the town of Prostejov.

“In my attempt to defend myself, I was badly injured on my left hand. I am shaken, but fortunate to be alive,” Kvitova, the 2011 and 2014 champion at the All England Club,  wrote on Twitter. “The injury is severe and I will need to see specialists, but if you know anything about me I am strong and I will fight this.”

Prostejov police spokesman Frantisek Korinek said the attacker, a man about 35 years old, escaped from the scene and was at large.