Knife victim Kvitova wins on return
04 Jul 2017 - 0:12
London: Two-time champion Petra Kvitova made a victorious return to Wimbledon yesterday after the knife attack that threatened to end her career.
In December she suffered severe injuries to her left playing hand while fighting off a knife-wielding burglar at her home in a terrifying assault.
The world number 12 had a relatively tough first round opponent in Sweden's Johanna Larsson, ranked number 53.
But the Czech number two triumphed 6-3, 6-4 in a match on Centre Court watched by Prince William's wife Kate, the patron of the All England Club.
Kvitova went out in the second round at the French Open in May in her comeback tournament but went on to win Birmingham, one of the Wimbledon warm-up events.
She was due to play at Eastbourne last week but pulled out with an abdominal injury.
Larsson, who went into the contest having lost all six of her previous matches at the All England Club, put up more of a fight in the second set but Kvitova broke serve at a crucial time for a 5-4 lead before serving for victory.
It was only Kvitova's eighth match back after six months out recovering from her knife wounds.
Kvitova, 27, won the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon titles in her only Grand Slam finals appearances.