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Knife attack: Tennis player Petra Kvitova out for six months after surgery

Knife attack: Tennis player Petra Kvitova out for six months after surgery

Aged 26, the hard-hitting left-hander rose to world number two in 2011 when she won the first of her two Wimbledon singles titles, and has been a mainstay of the top 10 virtually ever since. 

Petra Kvitova: Two-time Wimbledon champion undergoes hand surgery following knife attack, full recovery expected

Petra Kvitova: Two-time Wimbledon champion undergoes hand surgery following knife attack, full recovery expected

Kvitova had said on social media before undergoing surgery that the attack by an individual with a knife on Tuesday had left her "shaken, but fortunate to be alive".

Wuhan Open: Petra Kvitova ends long title wait after defeating Dominika Cibulkova

Wuhan Open: Petra Kvitova ends long title wait after defeating Dominika Cibulkova

The former world number two, whose uneven season has seen her fall to 16 in the rankings.

Wimbledon 2016: Novak Djokovic begins title defence with a solid victory

Wimbledon 2016: Novak Djokovic begins title defence with a solid victory

The holder of all four grand slam titles appeared to be hurtling towards his 29th successive win at a major when he opened his Wimbledon defence by jumping out to a 6-0 3-0 lead.

It`s a tournament that obviously means a lot to me: Andy Murray on clinching fifth Queen's Club crown

It`s a tournament that obviously means a lot to me: Andy Murray on clinching fifth Queen's Club crown

Andy Murray warned Novak Djokovic he has the champagne on ice as the Queen`s Club history-maker plots to end the world number one`s reign as Wimbledon champion.

After all these years, it`s ok to miss a major: Roger Federer on French Open pull out

After all these years, it`s ok to miss a major: Roger Federer on French Open pull out

The Swiss takes the top seeding at the hilltop Weissenhof club in Stuttgart and will await a second-round opponent after a bye.