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Petra Kvitova undergoes career-saving surgery after knife attack

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Petra Kvitova has undergone career-saving surgery after being attacked by a knife-wielding burglar in her home.

Kvitova was attacked at her home in Prostejov in her native native Czech Republic on Tuesday.

She suffered injuries to her left hand, the burglar managed to get into her home after posing as a gas man.

The former Wimbledon champion had a knife held to her throat during the ordeal and suffered “severe lacerations” to all four fingers on her left hand.

“It was a random criminal act” said spokesperson Karel Tejkal as per the Daily Mirror.

“She was assaulted in her apartment and is in the care of doctors, but her injuries are not life threatening.”

The burglar has yet to be apprehended but the police are currently conducting a search of the area where the attack took place.

Local reports suggest that the assailant stole 5000 Czech Koruna, which is approximately £155.

Kvitova: "I'm shaken, but fortunate to be alive."

Kvitova has posted a statement on her official Facebook page, thanking fans for their support.

“Thank you for all your heartwarming messages. As you may have already heard 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. I am shaken, but fortunate to be alive.

“The injury is severe and I will need to see specialists, bit if you know anything about me I am strong and I will fight this.

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

The World Number 11 has won the Wimbledon crown on two occasions, in both 2011 and 2014.

It is the only grand slam tournament that she has won, she reached the semi-finals of the French and Australian Open in 2012.

In 2011, she reached her highest career ranking of number two.

Her most recent achievement was winning the bronze medal in this year’s Olympic Games in Rio.

The 26-year-old has been recovering from a fractured foot that forced her to withdraw from the Hopman Cup mixed-team tournament in January.

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