Czech police shelve investigation into Kvitova stabbing case

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Despite grim forecasts by doctors, who even warned she might lose her fingers, the 27-year-old 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion returned in time for the French Open in May.
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Czech police said on Thursday that they had shelved the 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 in Prague.

"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 No. 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 quarterfinals.

The former world No. 2 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.

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Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic hits a return to Caroline Garcia of France during their China Open semifinal in Beijing in this October 7, 2017, photo. Czech police said on November 16, 2017 they had shelved the investigation into last year's knife attack on the two-time Wimbledon champion, which had put her career at stake.


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