Published: Sun, December 25, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Upbeat Kvitova describes finger movement as 'greatest Christmas present' following knife attack

Petra Kvitova defended herself against a burglar and was left with injuries to her hand.

"She is a young athlete, healthy... but it still is a relatively massive injury", he said, adding that all the fingers on Kvitova's left hand were hurt as she grabbed the attacker's knife.

The Czech is anticipated to be sidelined for at least six months, but has expressed optimism regarding her hopes of making a full recovery.

"Petra will take part in a very brief press briefing before going home to spend Christmas with her family".

"The best-case scenario is that Petra will be able to return to the tennis court after six months", Spellman said in an email.

Shortly after the attack, Kvitova wrote on Twitter that she expected to recover and get back to playing tennis, saying "if you know anything about me I am strong and I will fight this".

"Yesterday morning, during a session with the doctor, I was able to move the fingers on my left hand", the two-time Wimbledon champion said.

"The medical staff, police, my family and my team have all provided me with fantastic support in this hard situation".

A statement read on Wednesday: "Surgeon Radek Kebrle said that the operation on Petra's left hand went very well, with no complications".

"We can't wait to see you back on court again", the tennis great tweeted. "But that's for sure I want to return one day and I'll do all I can to make that happen". The season marked the first time since 2009 she didn't reach the quarterfinals of at least one Grand Slam event, though she still finished the year with a 46-23 record and two singles titles.

Police are still searching for her attacker and the assault has been described as a random act with Kvitova not specifically targeted.

"I have been overwhelmed by the flood of messages and love received from the tennis family, fans and public".

Kvitova is now ranked No. 11 after an up-and-down 2016 campaign.

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