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Kvitova is injured in attack at her home; TENNIS.

PETRA Kvitova says she is "fortunate to be alive" after fending off a knife attack in her own home.

The 26-year-old is seeing a specialist to determine the extent of a hand injury sustained defending herself during a robbery in her apartment in Prostejove, Czech Republic.

The two-time Wimbledon champion injured her racketholding left hand in the assault, which saw 5,000 Czech Koruna (around PS155) stolen, according to sport.cz.

"I am shaken but fortunate to be alive," Kvitova wrote on Facebook.

"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."

Kvitova thanked supporters for their messages, described the attack and that her left hand was injured as she defended herself.

She added: "Thank you for all your heartwarming messages.

"As you may have already heard, today I was attacked in my apartment by an individual with a knife.

"In my attempt to defend myself I was badly injured on my left hand.

"Thank you all again for your love and support and now I would appreciate privacy while I focus on my recovery."

Her publicist Karel Tejkal said it was not a targeted attack.

He said: "It is apparently a random criminal act. Petra is now in the care of doctors."

Kvitova has now gone to Brno Trauma Hospital for assessment of her injuries, which are not thought to be life threatening.

Fellow Czech player Lucie Safarova, speaking at an event which Kvitova had been due to attend, said: "Things like that are shocking to us all. It could happen to any one of us."

Earlier yesterday Kvitova (inset below) had announced she would be missing January's Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia as she continues to recover from a foot injury.

The Australian Open begins in Melbourne on January 16 and her participation could be in doubt, particularly following yesterday's events.

Kvitova, ranked 11th in the world, has two grand slam titles, winning Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014.

She won WTA singles titles in 2016 and has a career total of 19, with career prize money of more than US dollars 22.8million (around PS18.4m).

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 21, 2016
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