Petra Kvitova has decided to make the French Open her comeback event after six months convalescing from the horrendous knife attack she suffered last December.
So I’m happy that I can play. I actually already won my biggest fight. Petra Kvitova
The Czech, a two-time Wimbledon champion, initially targeted The Championships for her return, and havin made te decision to get back on track earlier, admitted she was still lacking in power and strength but was delighted she had won her ‘biggest fight’.
Kvitova suffered the knife attack on December 20, while defending herself having interrupted a burglary in her flat. She received major cuts to her fingers which required eight hours of surgery and was warned by her doctors that she might never play tennis again,
She has proved them wrong and having practiced at Roland Garros made the decision ahead of schedule.
“No, I knew this day would come. I’m really happy that really here, the dream comes true,” she beamed at a press conference announcing her return.
“I’m here in the draw and I’m playing tennis again, and was a difficult time for me, of course.
“I know that my hand, it’s not perfectly ready. It’s still not 100 per cent ready, so we will see how everything goes, but I’m happy that I am able to play again.”
Her attacker is still being sought so she wouls not answer questions about the incident.
“Not many people believe that I can play tennis again,” she continied. “So I’m happy that I can play. I actually already won my biggest fight. I’m happy that I like challenges. That was one of the biggest, of course.
“So I stayed in life and I have all my fingers, I can play tennis and I can be here and be in the draw.
“Of course the hand doesn’t have that power and the strength yet, but I’m working on it. Hopefully one day will be everything perfect. But we never know still.”
Seeded 15th, Kvitova plays Julia Boserup in the first round.