Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will be out of tennis for at least six months as she recovers from a knife attack – but should be able to resume her career.
Fortunate to be alive
The Czech, 26, underwent surgery to tendons and nerves on her playing hand following the attack by an intruder at her home in Prostejov on Tuesday.
Kvitova faces a slow rehabilitation process after 14 days of bed rest.
The "best-case scenario" sees her on the practice court after six months.
Surgeon Radek Kebrle said that the operation on Kvitova’s left hand went "very well, with no complications," but it will be three months until the world number 11 can even grip a racquet.
"It is too soon to specify when precisely she can return to competition, but Petra is ready to do everything she can to get back competing at the highest level," said a statement from her management.
"Petra is happy with how the operation went and is in good spirits."
Kvitova had said she was "shaken" and "fortunate to be alive" following the incident on Tuesday.
She suffered lacerations to her left hand when struggling with an intruder who posed as a utilities man to gain access to her apartment.