Brave Petra Kvitova warns knife attacker ‘I remember you very well – and they will catch you’ (Photo: Rex Features)
Brave Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova attacked by a knifeman has insisted on meeting detectives right after her operation so that they could create an identikit picture of him.
And she also issued a public message to the man who almost ended her career saying: "I remember you very well.
"I have described you in detail so they will catch you. My advice to you would be to turn yourself in now as soon as possible."
Czech police confirmed the interview took place with the sportswoman and have released the identikit picture of the knifeman who attacked Kvitova, who is likely to be out of action for six months.
Image released by Czech police in the search of Petra Kvitova’s attacker (Photo: CEN)
She was injured when the knife-wielding intruder attacked her at her home in the town of Prostejov in the eastern Czech Republic.
The attacker who injured her left hand then escaped and in a bid too track him down, police have produced an identikit picture.
The image was based on her description of the man after she was questioned on Wednesday evening, only one day after her career-saving, almost-four-hour-long operation on her hand.
Kvitova’s spokesman Karej Tejkal told Czech media that she was determined to speak to detectives as soon as possible in a bid to help them track down the attacker.
Petra Kvitova celebrates her victory over Johanna Konta during their fourth round match at the US Open
He said: "She described the attacker in detail. She helped investigators to create very exact identikit images."
Police spokesman Frantisek Korinek said that the investigators have been checking all evidence, information and knowledge that they have about the incident.
Police are still trying to decide how to categorise the attack. If it is a robbery the man could face 10 years, but if it was attempted murder it would be much higher.
Inside Petra’s flat after she was attacked (Photo: Splash News)
If convicted, he will also face a substantial financial penalty given the fact that he damaged a professional tennis player and put her career on hold.
Speaking about the surgery, the man who led the operating team, Radek Kebrle, said: "It was a cut injury from the act of taking the knife. All fingers were affected, and although not severed completely one or more tendons on every finger were affected."
He stressed that Kvitova is a young and healthy woman so the recovery will not be too complicated in her case, and added that it was "relatively lucky that it was the injury of a sharp knife" as opposed for example to "a chainsaw, that would be much worse".