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Burglar knifes 2-time Wimbledon champion


PRAGUE (AFP) – Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has undergone surgery to her left hand that was badly cut by a knife-wielding burglar at her home in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov on Tuesday, her spokesman said.

‘’She is having a surgery on her left hand,’’ spokesman Karel Tejkal told AFP, declining to elaborate.

Earlier on Tuesday, Tejkal said the burglary was a random crime as ‘’nobody was going to attack or rob her as Petra Kvitova’’.

‘’I was attacked in my apartment by an individual with a knife,’’ the 26-year-old Kvitova said on Facebook.

“In my attempt to defend myself, I was badly injured on my left hand,’’ added the left-handed world number 11.

‘’I am shaken, but fortunate to be alive. The injury is severe.

“I trust the doctors and I believe it will all end well. Don’t worry about me,’’ she added.

Local police spokesman Frantisek Korinek said the attack had occurred before 0730 GMT.

The police have the burglar’s description, he told AFP but declined to confirm media reports that Kvitova had let the burglar in as he pretended to be a maintenance worker.