Man who stabbed tennis star jailed for eight years

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In 2016 a certain man identified as Radim Zondra invaded the home of  tennis champion Pertra Kvitova in Czech Republic under the guise of inspecting the boiler,”whatever that means”

He tried to stab her but grabbed Kvitova from behind and held a knife to her throat.

She suffered severe wounds to her left hand in the fight to defend herself,her career suffered considerably because of the attack which rendered her not been able to play until  five months later.

The said man was arraigned at a regional court in Brno, but  Zondra denied all charges against him.

He was convicted and sentenced to prison for eight years for serious battery and illegal entry into Kvitova’s apartment. though   currently serving a prison sentence for another crime.

The world number two recalling her experience said” There was blood all over the place” after the December 2016 attack.

She added that in a bid to free herself she had to offer Zondra money to leave, eventually giving him 10,000 Czech crowns (£341; $440). The court  ordered him to refund that money.

In her judgment, Judge Dagmar Bordovska said Kvitova’s testimony was credible, while witnesses who testified on behalf of Zondra were unreliable.

Although Zondra denied ever being in the tennis star’s home, prosecutors argued that DNA evidence and the positive identification from Kvitova meant he was guilty beyond all doubt.

The two-time Wimbledon champion suffered damage to ligaments and tendons in her playing hand, and underwent a four-hour surgery.

Doctors warned her at the time that her tennis career could be over and that she may even lose her fingers.

The surgery was successful and  she returned to tennis in May 2017, after several months of rehabilitation,  she carried on with her  successful career.

Earlier this year she reached the Australian Open final, and is currently in the US competing in the Maimi open

She will be competing with Ashleigh Barty in the quarter-finals later on Tuesday.

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