18 Apr 2017

Kvitova set for return after knife attack

8:38 am on 18 April 2017

The two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has entered next month's French Open four months after suffering being attacked by a knife wielding intruder in her home.

The 27-year-old was stabbed by a knife-wielding intruder in her home in the Czech Republic in December.

The hard-hitting left-hander rose to number two in the world rankings in 2011 when she won the first of her two Wimbledon singles titles.

She is now ranked 14th.

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova Photo: Photosport

"My name will appear on the entry list for Roland Garros tomorrow because I had made good progress in my recovery process and I want to give myself every last opportunity to be able to compete at one of my favourite events," Kvitova said on Instagram.

"This unfortunately does not mean necessarily that I will be ready to play in Paris, but that I'm doing everything possible to give myself the chance and keep a positive mindset. There remains a long road ahead."

The French Open starts on May 22nd.