Tennis world has been shocked by the news coming from Prostejov, the Czech Republic today that Petra Kvitova was severely injured by a burglar who entered her apartment pretending to be a maintenance worker. The intruder put a knife to her throat and a bathroom struggle left Kvitova badly injured. To make things worse, it is her playing hand that sustained severe lacerations.
Do you remember that a similar scenario happened to Anna Chakvetadze in 2007 in Moscow? The Russian was tied up by the robbers who targeted her wealth, while Kvitova was just an accidental victim as the robber didn’t even know he was knocking on the door of a tennis star worth millions of dollars. Coincidentally, both the attacks happened in the second half of December and both players sustained left hand injuries.
The Czech has already undergone a surgery. What makes the situation brighter is the fact that Kvitova is a big fighter and she’s showing such a strength of character that she even asked her fans not to worry about her and that the most important thing is that she’s alive. I hope that this strength is not just on the surface and that Kvitova will really manage to put the traumatic experience behind her and heal her career-threatening injuries. When we look back at the Chakvetadze story, we know that the Russian’s career was badly affected by the life-threatening robbery and that her career was never as shiny as before, although she did win the Paris title not long after the burglary.
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These wounds only add up to Kvitova’s right foot injury that forced her to announce withdrawal from the Hopman Cup on Monday, which was supposed to be her first event of the 2017 season.