Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova holds a statement for the media on December 23, 2016, in Prague. Two-time Wimbledon champion was injured on December 20, 2016 when a knife-wielding intruder attacked her at her home in Prostejov city. / AFP / Michal Cizek (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)



Petra Kvitova gave a powerful statement in her first public appearance since overcoming a traumatic home invasion, updating the tennis world on her health and mindset.

Kvitova Delivers Optimistic Message To Press In First Public Appearance Since Attack

Petra Kvitova

Speaking to the media for the first time since facing down a knife-wielding intruder in her Prostejov flat, Petra Kvitova delivered a strong address to the tennis world, vowing to look towards a bright future where she returns to the court once again.

“While what has happened to me was very scary, I do not see myself as a victim,” she said in a statement. “I do not feel sorry for myself, and I will not look backwards.”

Kvitova was attacked in her home on Monday, suffering multiple lacerations in her left hand as she fought off the attacker, posing as a gas inspector. Following a surgery that repaired two nerves, Kvitova’s doctor recommended the two-time Wimbledon champion not resume training for at least six months, and can bear no weight in that hand at all for up to three.

“I will use all my energy to focus on my recovery, and will do everything I can to return to the sport I love as soon as possible.”

The former world No.2 finished 2016 on a high note, winning the Huajin Securities WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai without dropping a set; though she fell out of the Top 10 earlier in the season, she finished the year ranked No.11, and appeared poised to make a strong surge back up the rankings – even as a foot injury attempted to derail her pre-season.

Updating fans on her recovery, Kvitova discussed being able to move the fingers in her left hand for the first time since the attack, describing it as “the greatest Christmas present I could have wished for.”

Check out Kvitova’s full press conference below and click here to read the full transcript of the Czech star’s statement, in English.

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