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Knife attack victim Kvitova is nearing her return

 

By Robert Jones

Petra Kvitova is "on track" to play at Wimbledon less than seven months after suffering a hand injury when she was stabbed by an intruder at her home.

Kvitova's representative Katie Spellman has said that the 27-year-old could also return at the French Open, which starts in Paris next week.

Spellman confirmed: "Petra is on track for Wimbledon and she will make a late decision this week regarding Roland Garros."

The two-time Wimbledon champion has been sidelined since suffering tendon and nerve damage in her hand in the attack in the Czech Republic in December.

Kvitova returned to full training this month and will be among the names on the official Wimbledon entry list when it is published today ahead of the tournament's start in July.

British No.2 Heather Watson, meanwhile, came from a set down to beat Anastasiya Komardina 3-6 7-5 6-1 in the first round of qualifying for the French Open.

Komardina took the first set after Watson allowed a break advantage to slip, going down 6-3 having led 3-2.

However, Watson fought back superbly in the second from 4-2 down to win 7-5 and force a decider.

From there she was in total control in the final set, easing to a 6-1 win which meant she had won 11 out of the last 13 games.

Her victory means that she will face Tereza Smitkova in the second round with the possibility of facing either Richel Hogenkamp or Jessika Ponchet in the final round.

Naomi Broady fell to a straight-sets defeat at the hands of Switzerland's Jil Teichmann.

Elsewhere, Kyle Edmund battled into the second round of the Lyon Open with a 2-6 6-4 6-1 win over Brazilian Thiago Monteiro.

The Briton lost five games in a row to fall 5-1 behind before Monteiro sealed the first set 6-2.

Edmund hit back with a break to go 5-2 up in the second set and, although he lost the next two games, the 22-year-old broke once more to level the match.

That proved crucial as Edmund powered to victory by taking six of the next seven games to set up a clash with Gilles Simon.

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