Today in Prague Petra Kvitova made her first public appearance since the burglar attack in her Prostejov flat which left the Czech tennis star with a stabbed left hand that needed three hours and 45 minutes of surgery to get nerves repaired.
Apparently in distress, it’s evident how hard Petra is trying to look at the brighter side, be positive and strong, so laugh and a wide smile were present throughout her Friday’s press conference. With her hand heavily bandaged, Petra’s message was that she will focus all her energy on coming back to tennis as soon as possible. Good news is that she managed to move the fingers of her injured hand, describing it as the best Christmas present she could get.
I really admire Petra for her poise and strength! I’m wishing her a fast recovery and a successful resumption of her career. Although, I have to say I think the situation is very delicate. First of all, the playing level is so high that even players in great form struggle to make it to the top and stay there, so even a minor physical problem can be a big disadvantage. Secondly, mental consequences are very hard to overcome, as we saw in the case of Anna Chakvetadze, whose career never again took off after she was tied up by robbers in her Moscow house.
What do you think, how likely is Petra to come back as a fresh, strong player after the necessary minimum six months of recovery? (photo: Jimmie48)