Petra Kvitova suffers 'severe' hand injury by knife-wielding burglar

PRAGUE -- Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was injured by a knife-wielding attacker at her home Tuesday morning.

The 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion said the injury to her left hand was "severe."

It was not immediately clear how the injury could affect the left-hander's play. Details of her injury were expected to be released later Tuesday.

Kvitova's spokesman, Karel Tejkal, said the incident, which he described as a burglary, occurred in the eastern Czech Republic town of Prostejov.

Prostejov police spokesman Frantisek Korinek said the attacker, a man who is about 35 years old, escaped from the scene and was at large. He said police have launched a manhunt.

"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. "The main thing for me now is that the doctors find out what is the condition of my hand. I trust them and believe that everything will end up well.

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

Kvitova was scheduled to participate in a charity event in the city of Brno on Tuesday with another Czech player, Lucie Safarova.

"It's horrible," Safarova told Czech public radio. "Things like that are shocking to all of us. It can happen to any one of us. That's really terrible."

In April 1993, Monica Seles was at the height of her success when she was stabbed in the back during a changeover at a tournament in Hamburg, Germany. A man reached over a courtside railing and knifed her, leaving an inch-deep slit between her shoulder blades.

Seles returned to the game 27 months later and reached the 1995 US Open final.

In an unrelated move earlier Tuesday, Kvitova withdrew from the Czech Republic team at next month's Hopman Cup mixed-team tennis tournament because of an earlier foot injury.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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