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Tennis champ Petra Kvitova attacked by knife maniac

By Karel Janicek

Two-time Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova, has said she is lucky to be alive, after she was injured by a knife-wielding attacker at her home.

The tennis star said the injury to her left hand is "severe".

A manhunt has been launched for her attacker, described as a man in his mid-30s, after the apparent burglary at the sportswoman's house in the Czech Republic.

Kvitova, who has undergone four hours of surgery on what is her playing hand, wrote on Twitter: "In my attempt to defend myself, I was badly injured on my left hand. I am shaken, but fortunate to be alive."

The 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion, added: "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."

It is not immediately clear how the injury could affect Kvitova's play.

"What happened to me was certainly not pleasant, but it's behind me," Kvitova said in an earlier statement on the Facebook page of the Czech Republic's Fed Cup team.

"I have the best possible care and I'm in touch with my loved ones. The worst is behind me."

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