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Tennis star injured in knife attack

first_imgPRAGUE (AP):Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was injured by a knife-wielding attacker at her home yesterday.The 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion said the injury to her left hand was “severe”.”In my attempt to defend myself, I was badly injured on my left hand. I am shaken, but fortunate to be alive,” Kvitova, who is left-handed, wrote on Twitter. “The injury is severe and I will need to see specialists, but if you know anything about me I am strong and I will fight this.”It was not immediately clear how the injury could affect Kvitova’s play.”What happened to me was certainly not pleasant, but it’s behind me,” Kvitova said in an earlier statement on the Facebook page of the Czech Republic’s Fed Cup team. “I have the best possible care and I’m in touch with my loved ones. The worst is behind me.”Kvitova’s spokesman, Karel Tejkal, said the incident, which he described as a burglary, occurred yesterday morning in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov.ATTACKER AT LARGEProstejov police spokesman Frantisek Korinek said the attacker, a man who is about 35 years old, escaped from the scene and was at large. He said police have launched a manhunt.Kvitova was scheduled to participate in a charity event in the city of Brno yesterday with another Czech player, Lucie Safarova.”It’s horrible,” Safarova told Czech public radio. “Things like that are shocking to all of us. It can happen to anyone of us. That’s really terrible.”In April 1993, Monica Seles was at the height of her success when she was stabbed in the back during a changeover at a tournament in Hamburg. A man reached over a courtside railing and knifed her, leaving an inch-deep slit between her shoulder blades.Seles returned to the game 27 months later and reached the 1995 US Open final.In an unrelated move earlier yesterday, Kvitova withdrew from the Czech Republic team at next month’s Hopman Cup mixed-team tennis tournament because of an earlier foot injury.last_img read more

Seven Chelsea first-team stars set to be out of contract within the next year

first_img 1 3. Gary Cahill (32 years old)Chelsea’s current captain regained a place in the side at the back end of the 2017/18 season and would likely look to sign a new deal with the club if possible. 1 7. Willy Caballero (36 years old)For years Chelsea struggled with the Ross Turnbull as their goalkeeping number two and when Petr Cech left it appeared they may find trouble again. However, Caballero has come in and been a solid fixture when needed. Whether he stays beyond next season remains to be seen 5. Cesc Fabregas (31 years old)Fabregas joined Chelsea on the opening day of the 2014 World Cup and His five-year deal is now almost up. Given how the Spaniard’s performances have worsened over the past few seasons, it is far from a certainty that the club’s hierarchy would sign him up again. 1 Chelsea are set to lose seven key members of their first team squad at the end of next season.Multiple star players are now entering the final year of their contracts and so will be free to move away from Stamford Bridge after the 2018/19 campaign.One of the most high profile is first choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, with whom the Blues have failed to agree a new deal.Scroll down to see the seven first team squad players Chelsea could lose next summer.1. Thibaut Courtois (26 years old)As mentioned above, talks for a new contract with the Belgian have broken down and he could leave even sooner than next summer should Chelsea look to get big money for their keeper. 1center_img 2. David Luiz (31 years old)The Blues re-signed Luiz on a three-year deal in 2016. He has fallen out of favour under Antonio Conte, but could yet sign a new agreement and be restored to the side depending on who is manager at Stamford Bridge next season. 1 6. Olivier Giroud (31 years old)The Blues agreed an 18-month deal to take Giroud from Arsenal in January. He was seen as a stopgap second-choice striker, but displaced Alvaro Morata last season. While many fans were sceptical when he first joined, most wouldn’t now be averse to him sticking around at Stamford Bridge. 4. Pedro (30 years old)When Pedro arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2015, he signed a four-year deal which is now set to expire. His inconsistency has been an issue and seen him rotated regularly with Willian on the Blues’ right wing. 1 1last_img read more