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Kvitova out for three months

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Hopes are high that Petra Kvitova will be able to resume her tennis career after she was injured in a knife attack on Tuesday. 

The two-time Wimbledon champion was attacked by an intruder at her home and is expected to be out for a minimum of three months after undergoing surgery on her left hand.

But her PR manager, Katie Spellman, said: "Doctors are optimistic she will be able to play tennis again."

The 26-year-old world No 11 was injured when she defended herself during a robbery at her apartment in Prostejove, Czech Republic.

The intruder reportedly posed as a utilities man seeking to read a meter in order to gain access to the apartment, before Kvitova injured her hand when he put a knife to her throat and she pulled it away.

The big-hitting left-hander underwent a successful near four-hour operation on what is her racket-holding hand on Tuesday evening.

And she had earlier released a statement which read: "Today 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 but, if you know anything about me, I am strong and I will fight this. Thank you all again for your love and support."

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