Paris - Petra Kvitova is planning a surprise return at the
French Open, six months after her left hand was badly injured in a knife
attack, she said on Monday.
The two-time Wimbledon champion suffered severe injuries to
her playing hand as she fought off a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the
eastern Czech town of Prostejov in December.
Doctors had estimated that the Czech star, ranked 14 in the
world, would not be able to return to competition before the second half of the
"My name will appear on the entry list for Roland
Garros tomorrow (Tuesday)," Kvitova said of the May 28-June 11 tournament
in a post on her Instagram account.
"As the entry deadline approached, I had made good
progress in my recovery process and I want to give myself every last
opportunity to be able to compete at one of my favourite events.
"This unfortunately does not mean necessarily that I
will be ready to play in Paris, but that I'm doing everything possible to give
myself the chance and keep a positive mind-set.
"There remains a long road ahead but I wanted to share
this update with you. Thanks for your continued support and I hope to see you