Petra Kvitova: Man who stabbed tennis star jailed for eight years

Petra Kvitova: Man who stabbed tennis star jailed for eight years

Kvitova is at the Miami Open this week, facing Ashleigh Barty in the quarterfinals, and will rise to No 1 if she wins the title.

A man who invaded Czech tennis star Petra Kvitova's home posing as a boiler repairman before stabbing the two-time Grand Slam victor in December 2016 has been jailed for 8 years, according to reports from local media.

Zondra, 33, claimed he had come to inspect her boiler.

The 33-year-old Radim Zondra, who is now in prison for another crime, was sentenced on charges of serious battery and an illegal entry into Kvitova's flat.

Kvitova's spokesman, Karel Tejkal, said she "respects the ruling of an independent court".

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

"She's satisfied with the verdict because she identified the convicted person as the attacker", Mr Tejkal said.

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.

Radim Zondra is escorted from the court in Brno, Czech Republic after being sentenced to eight years in jail.

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

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