Top women’s tennis player ‘lucky to be alive’ after a home intruder posing as a gas man held a knife to her throat

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Women’s tennis star and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was stabbed in her left hand, her playing hand, with a knife by a home intruder on Tuesday, according to reports.

According to a report from David Ornstein of BBC, Kvitova, currently No. 11 in the world, was in the Czech town of Prostejov when the burglar, posing as a gas man, was let into the house. Upon entering, he recognized Kvitova. Kvitov’s spokesman, Karel Tejkal, had said that the crime was random and not targeted.

According to Ornstein, the burglar held a knife to Kvitova’s throat when a struggle began in the bathroom. Kvitova reportedly suffered lacerations to four fingers on her left hand, when the burglar ran and the police were called.

According to Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times, Kvitova underwent surgery to repair damage to tendons in her left hand. She is expected to wear a cast for six to eight weeks and will be unable to bear weight for three months.

Kvitova tweeted on Wednesday:

According to reports, the suspect is still at large and police have launched a manhunt.

According to ESPN, Kvitova was supposed to play in a charity match on Tuesday. Given the prognosis, it appears Kvitova will be out for several months of the 2017 season.