Who is Petra Kvitova? Two-time Grand Slam champion reaches first final since stabbing

TWO-TIME Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova has reached her first Grand Slam final since being injured by a knife-wielding attacker in her home.

Her left hand, her tennis playing hand, was injured in the December 2016 attack, the player’s spokesman said.

Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic poses with the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy after her victory in 2014
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But the Czech has reached the final of the 2019 Australian open where she will face Naomi Osaka on Saturday. Here’s what we know about her.

Who is Petra Kvitova?

The 28-year-old tennis player is a left-handed player known for her powerful groundstrokes.

She has won 19 career singles titles, including the two at Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014.

She is also an Olympic bronze medallist, having won the medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Before the attack, Kvitova was ranked at no.11 by the Women’s Tennis Association and is the current second highest-ranked Czech player.

Former world number 1 Kvitova has reportedly amassed a personal fortune of around £66m.

What happened during the knife attack?

The player’s spokesman, Karel Tejkal, said she suffered a left hand injury in the attack.

He added that the incident, described a as a burglary, happened in the morning of December 20, in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov.

Tejkal commented: “It was a random crime, nobody was going to attack or rob her as Petra Kvitova.”

Kvitova, 27, underwent emergency surgery on her hand and endured a gruelling four-hour operation to repair nerve and tendon damage.

Doctors had previously estimated that the Czech superstar would not return to competition before the second half of this year.

But the determined champ has made it back sooner than expected.

She stunned the crowd at Roland Garros by making a shock return in the French Open, albeit losing in the second round.

And in her second tournament back she reached the final of the Aegon Classic in German.

Since then Kvitova has gone from strength-to-strength in the game and has worked her way up to eighth in the world rankings.

Journey to the 2019 Australian Open final

Round of 128: bt. Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-2

Round of 64: bt. Irina-Camelia Begu 6-1, 6-3

Round of 32: bt. Belinda Bencic 6-1, 6-4

Round of 16: bt. Amanda Anisimova 6-2, 6-1

Quarter-final: bt. Ashleigh Barty 6-1, 6-4

Semi-final: bt. Danielle Rose Collins 7-6 (7-2), 6-0

 

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