PRAGUE (AP) – A man who stabbed two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in her home was sentenced to eight years in prison on Tuesday.
Radim Zondra, aged 33, convicted of causing Kvitova serious bodily harm,
The state prosecutor requested 12 years in prison for Zondra, who pleaded guilty to attacking Kvitova in December 2016 in her apartment in Prostejov.
Kvitova was informed about the sentence, and her spokesman Karel Tejkal added "she's respecting the ruling of an independent court."
"It's the same as the attacker," Tejkal said.
Zondra can appeal and so can the prosecution.
Kvitova had surgery on left to right hand injury.
Kvitova reached the Australian Open final in January, her first Grand Slam final since her second Wimbledon title in 201
Kvitova is at the Miami Open this week, facing Ashleigh Barty in the quarterfinals, and will rise to No.
Judge Dagmar Bordovska said
Kvitova testified she opened the door when Zondra rang the doorbell because she expected a possible doping control ,
In the attack, Kvitova sustained damage to the tendons in her hand, along with two fingers and two nerves, and underwent nearly four hours of surgery.
While bleeding, she said she offered Zondra money. He accepted 10,000 Czech crowns ($ 440) and left.
Zondra is currently serving a term for a different crime.
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