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Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova Injured By Knife-Wielding Attacker At Her Home

Czech tennis player suffered a left hand injury.

20/12/2016 11:45 GMT | Updated 20/12/2016 12:43 GMT
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Petra Kvitova after winning Wimbledon in 2014.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has been injured by a knife-wielding attacker at her home.

The player’s spokesman, Karel Tejkal, says Kvitova suffered a left hand injury and has been treated by doctors.

Tejkal says the incident, which he described as a burglary, occurred on Tuesday morning in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov. He says Kvitova’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Also on Tuesday, Kvitova withdrew from the Czech Republic team at next month’s Hopman Cup mixed-team tennis tournament because of an earlier foot injury.

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Petra Kvitova during the Fed Cup final in Strasbourg, eastern France, last month.

The sportswoman later published a statement on her Facebook page saying how she was “shaken but fortunate to be alive” - and the injured hand was the result of trying to defend herself.