World Number five, Petra Kvitova had a series of desolated events in her career after her second Wimbledon crown in 2014. In 2015, she suffered from glandular fever and in 2016 she could pick-up an Olympic bronze medal at Rio Olympics, but her performance in Slams was not up to the mark and towards the year-end she dealt with a knife-attack.
However, she could bounce back from all her shortcoming and make to the finals at the Australian Open 2019 and simultaneously reached the career-high ranking of World Number two.
Petra Kvitova was attacked by an assailant in her apartment in Prostejov, Czech Republic. Her left hand was completely bruised and it was jeopardy for her tennis career. Her run on the WTA tour was drastically affected by that knife-attack, but Kvitova was just focused on retrieving her identity as a tennis player.
“That was my main goal, that I could be the same as before,” Petra Kvitova shared her feelings while she was recovering from her attack during her conversation with ‘The Guardian’. “The same tennis player and girl, not a victim. That’s all I wanted to be again, which I have managed now. Of course, I have moments when it’s really bad, but that’s normal. I want to be known for my tennis, not because somebody attacked me.”
While recovering from that attack, Petra Kvitova was completely secluded from society and just hung around with her kin. “I didn’t go out for so long. I just stayed with people I know, especially my family, because I didn’t trust anybody. And that is the very bad thing about it,” Petra Kvitova said.
Presently, the attack has turned out to be a nightmare for Petra Kvitova. Since then she has a fear of trusting men and she holds grudge against the men in the society. “I don’t trust in people now. Especially men,” she said. “That is why I’m single, problem.”
“I am trusting of people I have known for a long time, but I’m not very trusting of people who I have just known a short while. I can’t go in a taxi alone with men. When I’m in the city or in the street, I’m almost running. Sometimes, I have this huge fear that somebody is at my back. It’s hard,” two-time Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova added.