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Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova injured in knife attack

The tennis player was attacked during a burglary at her home.

Image: Adam Hunger/PA Wire

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 this morning in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov. He says Kvitova’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Earlier today, Kvitova withdrew from the Czech Republic team at next month’s Hopman Cup mixed-team tennis tournament because of a foot injury.

The world number 11 suffered a stress fracture in her right foot, but was still hopeful of featuring at the team event starting 1 January.

“I am so disappointed that I cannot play at the @hopmancup,” Kvitova wrote on Twitter.

The results of an MRI have confirmed that my foot is healing, but not as quickly we would have liked.

“The Hopman Cup is a fantastic event and I’m sorry I won’t be able to represent my country there.”

With reporting by Omni

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