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Tennis player Petra Kvitova said she is “fortunate to be alive” after being injured in a knife attack at her home on December 20.

The 26-year-old Wimbledon champion has been treated for a left-hand injury – her playing hand – following the incident in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov.

Petra Kvitova said: “The injury is severe and I will need to see specialists.”

Her representative, Karel Tejkal, described the incident as a burglary.

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“It was a random crime, nobody was going to attack or rob her as Petra Kvitova,” he said.

Petra Kvitova, who is ranked 11 in the world and has won a career total of 19 titles, including Grand Slam victories at Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, said: “Thank you for all your heartwarming messages.

“As you may have already heard, 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 and now I would appreciate some privacy while I focus on my recovery.”

Petra Kvitova had announced earlier in the day that a foot injury forced her to withdraw from January’s Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia.

Marion Bartoli announces she is retiring from tennis just 40 days after winning her only Grand Slam title.

The 28-year-old Wimbledon champion, ranked seventh in the world, said she was taking the decision with immediate effect because of persistent injuries.

Marion Bartoli made the tearful announcement at a media conference following defeat by Simona Halep at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.

“It’s time for me to retire and to call it a career,” she told reporters.

“I feel it’s time for me to walk away.”

Marion Bartoli, who beat Germany’s Sabine Lisicki in the Wimbledon final in July, said her Achilles, shoulder, hip and lower back hurt continually when she plays.

She added: “It’s never easy… but that was actually the last match of my career. I just can’t do it anymore.”

After her 6-1 6-4 win at Wimbledon, Marion Bartoli hinted that the physical demands of the sport were taking their toll.

Marion Bartoli announces she is retiring from tennis just 40 days after winning her only Grand Slam title

Marion Bartoli announces she is retiring from tennis just 40 days after winning her only Grand Slam title

“That was probably the last little bit of something that was left inside me,” she said on Wednesday.

The 2007 Wimbledon runner-up had won her first Grand Slam at the 47th attempt – the longest wait in women’s tennis before a maiden Grand Slam.

Marion Bartoli had returned from her Wimbledon triumph to play in Toronto last week and was playing her first match in Cincinnati having received a first-round bye.

However, the 3-6 6-4 6-1 loss to Simona Halep appears to have been the last straw.

“It’s been a tough decision to take,” she added.

“I’ve been a tennis player for a long time and I had the chance to make my biggest dream a reality.

“You know, everyone will remember my Wimbledon title. No-one will remember the last match I played here.

“I made my dream a reality and it will stay forever with me, but now my body just can’t cope with everything.”

WTA chairman and chief executive Stacey Allaster paid tribute to Marion Bartoli’s “long, successful career”.

“She is an inspirational champion and a great ambassador for women’s tennis who has dedicated her life to the sport and given so much back to the game,” she said.

“I am so proud of her for who she is, her values and for fighting to realize her dream of winning Wimbledon.”

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