Wimbledon champion Kvitova's attacker gets eight-year sentence

Wimbledon champion Kvitova's attacker gets eight-year sentence

Wimbledon champion Kvitova's attacker gets eight-year sentence

A man has been convicted of knifing two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in her Czech Republic home and has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Radim Zondra, 33, went to her flat in 2016 saying he needed to inspect the boiler.

The state prosecutor had requested a 12-year sentence for Zondra, who had pleaded not guilty to attacking Kvitova.

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

She suffered severe wounds to her left hand in the fight to free herself but returned to tennis five months later.

Kvitova, who slumped as low as 29th in the world after the attack, reached the Australian Open final this year and is eyeing the world number one spot, which she could take from Naomi Osaka in Miami.

She suffered a stabbing injury to her left hand in the ensuing struggle which caused damage to ligaments and tendons.

She will face Australia's Ashleigh Barty in Tuesday's quarter-final.

Kvitova testified she opened the door when Zondra rang the doorbell because she expected a possible doping control.

Neither of the sides appealed the court's ruling immediately, but they both can do so later, Brno regional court spokeswoman Eva Angyalossy said. She is ranked a career-high No 2.

She detailed how she offered money to Zondra in order to persuade him to leave and halt the attack, with him accepting around €390 ($440).

Zondra is now serving a prison term for a different crime.

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