23 Dec 2016

Kvitova to leave hospital after knife attack

7:32 am on 23 December 2016

Tennis player Petra Kvitova will leave hospital later today following surgery on a hand injury suffered in a knife attack.

The 26-year-old, a two-time Wimbledon champion, suffered serious injuries to her racket-holding left hand in an assault by an intruder at her apartment in the Czech Republic earlier this week.

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova Photo: Photosport

Kvitova faces a lengthy rehabilitation process but she received positive news from her surgeon, who told her she had a chance of resuming playing in six months after the operation went without complications.

Kvitova the world number 11 said she was "shaken but fortunate to be alive" after the attack and underwent surgery lasting nearly four hours.

It is understood the knife was put to Kvitova's throat and her left hand was injured as she pulled the weapon away.

Czech police are still searching for her attacker.