In Sports News this Monday: Good start to year for Czech women tennis players, with Šafářová, Siniaková and the Plíšková sisters all racking up wins in their first matches of 2017; Dakar Rally has 24 Czech participants; Slavia beat Sparta in annual old boys’ game; and Havlát to make dramatic return for Brno?
Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová has said in her first media appearance after her apartment attack and operation that she is convinced she will be able to play. Kvitová underwent a four hour operation on her left hand Tuesday after being the victim of an attack by an intruder. She said that before the operation she could not feel any sensation in her fingers but that returned afterwards. She said the best Christmas present was after the operation when the surgeon has said it went well. The two times Wimbledon winner said it amounted to the same if she was able to return to top tennis after a few months or if it took a year. She added that she would do everything to return to form.
Police released a photo fit of the man who attacked Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová at her home on Tuesday. They have asked the public to help locate the assailant who is still at large and is believed to be around 35 years of age. The two-time Wimbledon champion underwent almost four hours of surgery to repair cut tendons and nerves on her left hand. The injuries were sustained as Kvitová defended herself against the assailant. The surgeon who operated on her left hand said she would not be able to play tennis for about six months.
Petra Kvitová will play tennis again: that is the consensus after the two-time Wimbledon champion underwent almost four hours of surgery on Tuesday to repair cut tendons and nerves on her left hand. The injuries were sustained as Kvitová defended herself against an unknown assailant in an attack at her apartment.
The Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová was hurt during an attack at her apartment in the Moravian town of Prostějov on Tuesday morning. It has been reported that the injury may include a cut to the tendons in her left hand, the one she plays with. A local newspaper quoted a source close to the player as saying that Kvitová had fought back against the attacker and in so doing had had her hands and all her fingers cut and would likely need surgery. Her spokesman Karel Tejkal told Czech Radio that it appeared to be a random rather than planned crime. He said the two-time Wimbledon winner, who is 26, was receiving medical care. Police said the assailant had got into Kvitová’s home by claiming to be a boiler inspector and had fled after the attack. They said a robbery had occurred.
The Czech tennis stars Karolína Plíšková and Petra Kvitová have “swopped” coaches. Plíšková, the world number six, has just announced that she is to begin working with David Kotyza, who until January trained Kvitová. The latter, meanwhile, has hired Jiří Vaněk, who Plíšková parted company with in mid-November. World number 11 Kvitová is a two-time Wimbledon winner. Plíšková reached the final of the US Open this year.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych will finish this year back in the Top 10 (in tenth spot) in the ATP rankings; it is the seventh time in a row he will end the season among the top players. Earlier, Berdych briefly fell outside the Top 10 and also failed to qualify for this year’s ATP World Tour Finals tournament which was won by Andy Murray of Great Britain.
Czech number one women’s tennis player, Karolína Plíšková, has announced that she has split with her coach, Jiří Vaněk, who has trained her since 2014. Under his leadership Plíšková won five tournaments, advanced to the US Open finals and reached the fifth spot in the WTA rankings. Plíšková said she would start looking for a replacement coach after the holidays.