Petra Kvitova testifies at trial of suspect in knife attack

Petra Kvitova testifies in Czech Republic at trial of man who allegedly knifed her at home

Petra Kvitova testifies in Czech Republic at trial of man who allegedly knifed her at home

At the trial of the man accused of the attack, Petra Kvitova described how she had opened the door because she was expecting a package. She returned to professional tennis in May 2017, culminating 18 months later with her first grand slam final, at the 2019 Australian Open, since winning Wimbledon in 2014.

Against the belief of Medical and Tennis experts that two-times Wimbledon champion would never resume her career, as Kvitova had lasting nerve damage and could not feel two of her fingers to her playing hand, that familiar sensation of holding a racket firmly in her hand as she had done since she was four years old, had disappeared nearly overnight.

The 2019 Australian Open finalist and two-time Wimbledon champion said that she had to get surgeries - prompting a five-month recovery period - to her playing left hand after the December 2016 attack in her home in Prostejov, Czech Republic. She said he claimed he had come to inspect the boiler.

"He asked me to turn on the hot water tap and at that moment I had a knife against my neck".

When she grabbed the knife with both hands, the blade badly injured her left hand. I didn't know if I was going to hold the racket again.

"I was screaming, of course", she told the court in Brno.

"He asked how much I had".

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When she later offered him money, he accepted 10,000 Czech crowns (US$440) and left.

The two-time Wimbledon champion didn't talk to media at the trial on Tuesday but said through her spokesman she was happy it was all behind her.

"All the fingers on my left hand had been cut, and the nerves in my thumb and index finger severed. There is no sensitivity in the tips [of my thumb and index finger]".

The tennis player did not make public comments after the testimony, but her representative said that she was glad to leave them behind.

Zondra, who has pleaded not guilty, faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted. He has already been sentenced to two and a half years in a separate case.

Kvitova gave testimony at the trial of a man charged with assault in relation to the incident.

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