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Petra Kvitova: ‘Winning Wimbledon would feel more special after what happened’

Eighteen months after being stabbed and seriously injured at home the two-time Wimbledon champion is back to her best and goes into the tournament as the title favourite

Petra Kvitova pauses and the memories come flashing back. Not the horrendous moment she was attacked in her home in December 2016, an incident that left her requiring four hours of career-saving surgery to her dominant left hand. Instead, a good one, the moment she won Wimbledon for the second time, in 2014, when she blitzed Eugenie Bouchard in one of the best performances in a women’s final in recent memory.

Eighteen months on from the worst moment of her life the 28-year-old is back at Wimbledon, healthy and fit, and in perhaps the best form of her career. The Czech, who also won Wimbledon in 2011, has claimed five titles in 2018, two on hard courts, two on clay and one on grass, in Birmingham last weekend.

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