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Petra Kvitova Loses To Venus But Appears To Be Back In Full Force After Knife Attack Almost Ruined Her Career

(SL) – The US Open has been nothing but spectacular and Petra Kvitova added to the excitement with her battle against #9 Venus Williams.
In December 2016, Kvitova was attacked inside of her apartment in Czech Republic by a robber. It is understood she allowed someone posing as a utilities man access to her apartment and while defending herself in a struggle, suffered the injuries to her hand.  The burglar put the knife to her neck and she fought him off. After she was injured, he ran off.
Petra underwent a four hour surgery to repair all of her tendons and two nerves that same night. At the time, Surgeon Radek Kerble said, “The index finger was torn, she could not keep her little finger and the whole joint was hurt.”
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A former world No. 2 and Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014, Kvitova had fallen out of the Women’s Tennis Association top 10 this year. But the champ looked strong during her run to the US Open quarter-finals.
“I’m getting there slowly,” Kvitova said on the eve of the tournament when asked if things were “back to normal”.
Despite the familiarity of the surroundings and the overwhelming amount of good wishes from fellow players and supporters, her return to the tennis spotlight has been a huge challenge over many weeks and months.

The Czech, 27, lost 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-2) to Venus Williams. It was her 21st match since returning to competitive action in May.