London - Twice champion Petra Kvitova is set to play at
Wimbledon this summer, less than seven months after she was stabbed by an
intruder in her home, a member of her support team said on Tuesday.
The Czech, who required four hours of surgery to her left,
playing, hand after the December attack at home in her home city of Prostejov,
has made a faster than expected recovery and could even be ready to play in the
French Open, which begins in Paris on Sunday.
"She is on track for Wimbledon," Katie Spellman,
Kvitova's publicity manager, told Reuters. "She will make a last minute
decision this week about Roland Garros."
Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, will be
included on the official entry list for this year’s Championships, which will
be released on Wednesday.
"The AELTC is always pleased to welcome former
champions back to Wimbledon, and would be delighted if Petra Kvitova is able to
compete in The Championships this year," Wimbledon said in a statement to
"We wish her well with her on-going preparations to
return to competition."
Kvitova was attacked at around 08:30 on December 20 by a man
who gained access to her apartment block by posing as a utilities man, before
holding a knife to her throat.
In pulling the knife away, Kvitova sustained injuries to
tendons in all four fingers and the thumb on her left hand. She said she was
"shaken, but fortunate to be alive".
Doctors had said at the time the “best-case scenario” was
that Kvitova could be playing tennis again within six months.
Throughout her recovery, the 27-year-old has amazed everyone
in her team with her positivity and belief that she would be back on Tour, and
sooner rather than later.
Last month, Kvitova said she had left her name on the entry
list for the French Open, in part to ensure she had a positive mind-set as she
continued her recovery.
Earlier this month, she posted a photo of herself practising
in Monte Carlo.
The draw for the French Open is due to be made at Roland
Garros on Friday.
Given the physicality required to play on clay, and the
stress of a grand slam, it would still be a surprise if she does take her place
in the draw at Roland Garros.
If she decides not to play, Kvitova is likely to look to
play a warm-up event on grass before Wimbledon, the venue where she has
achieved most success.
One of the cleanest ball-strikers on the Tour, she won her
first grand slam title there in 2011, when she upset Maria Sharapova in the
In 2014, she won the title again with a crushing 6-3 6-0
victory over Eugenie Bouchard in what is remembered as one of the best
performances ever produced in the final.
Her return would also be a welcome boost for the women’s
Tour, especially with Serena Williams on maternity leave.
Kvitova, who last played in the Fed Cup final against France
on November 12, is ranked 16th.