Prague - Czech police said on Thursday they had shelved
investigation into last year's knife attack on two-time Wimbledon champion
Petra Kvitova, which had put her career at stake.
"Despite extensive investigation, we have not managed
to identify the attacker to date," detective Jan Lisicky told reporters.
"We shelved the case on November 8, 2017... but... if
we find new facts, if we identify the attacker, we will immediately start
criminal proceedings," he added.
Kvitova suffered career-threatening injuries to her playing
left hand as she fought off a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the
eastern Czech town of Prostejov in December 2016.
"She was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The
attacker had no idea whom he was facing at first," said Lisicky.
Despite grim forecasts by doctors, who even warned she might
lose her fingers, the 27-year-old 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion returned to
the sport in time for the French Open in May.
Kvitova ended this year as world number 29, having sunk from
11th-ranked at the end of 2016.
Since her return, she has won the Birmingham tournament in
the run-up to Wimbledon and reached the US Open quarter-finals.
The former world number two and five-time Fed Cup winner has
repeatedly called the incident "the past".
"She's looking ahead and she doesn't and will not look
back at last year's events," her spokesman Karel Tejkal told the Czech
news agency CTK on Thursday.