Petra Kvitova: tennis star tells Czech court of knife attack
The two-times Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has told a Czech court how she grabbed the blade associated with an intruder’s knife and forced it from the her neck, leaving blood “everywhere”, throughout an attack at her home in December 2019.
Kvitova suffered severe wounds to her playing left hand as she grappled with the man. She returned to professional tennis in May 2019, culminating Eighteen months later back with her first grand slam final, at the 2019 Australian Open, since winning Wimbledon in 2019.
Giving testimony along at the trial of the 33-year-old man faced with a her assault, Kvitova said she’d felt pain free as soon as the 10in (25cm) blade cut into her hand.
To do not be inside same room since the suspect throughout the trial, Kvitova sat within a separate room on the Brno regional courthouse, giving reveal account via microphone and camera of precisely how the suspect entered her apartment and attacked her.
The man had rung her doorbell at 8:30am, posing as a workman who had visit inspect the recent water system from the flat, the Czech news website Idnes quoted her as saying.
“He mentioned to transform on the hot water tap and also at that moment I’d a knife against my neck. I grabbed it with the hands. I held the blade with my left hand. I snatched it away, I fell on to the ground and there was blood everywhere,” she said.
Kvitova described how she aimed to reach her phone on to the ground but he pushed it away. She told him she needed to visit hospital and asked whether he wanted money.
“He asked the amount of I had created. I said 10000 crowns ($440) and then he said ‘OK’. I gave him the bucks, he left and i also named the ambulance so the police,” she added.
Though she’d felt pain free in the event the attacker cut her hand, Kvitova said: “When I saw the blood, I started blubbing. Each of the fingers on my small left-hand ended up being cut, as well as nerves at my thumb and pointer finger severed.
“Even today, the mobility is not really 100%. You cannot find any sensitivity while in the tips [of my thumb and index finger].”
Kvitova said she’d recognised the assailant in photos offered by the law. “I knew that it was him the instant I saw him [in the pictures]. I remembered his eyes mainly.”
The suspect faces as many as 12 years in jail if convicted. Bigger been sentenced to 2 . 5 years within a separate case. His trial within the Kvitova case continue with expert testimony.