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Kvitova after hand surgery following knife attack, recovery expected - spokesman

FILE PHOTO: Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova smiles during the draw for the Fed Cup final in Prague November 13, 2015. REUTERS/David W Cerny/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova smiles during the draw for the Fed Cup final in Prague November 13, 2015. REUTERS/David W Cerny/File Photo

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Two-time Wimbledon tennis champion Petra Kvitova underwent nearly four hours of surgery on her playing hand on Tuesday after she was stabbed by a knife-wielding intruder in her home in the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

"The scale of the injury is serious, but Petra is young and strong, according to the surgeon, who sees no reason why she could not return to playing tennis," Karel Tejkal, spokesman for the Czech Fed Cup team, said.

Doctors operated on all five fingers of her left hand and she will not be able to exert pressure on the injured hand for three months," Tejkal said.

(Reporting by Robert Muller; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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