The man who stabbed tennis player Petra Kvitova in her home has sentenced to eight years in prison.
The suspect Radim Zondra was convicted of causing Kvitova serious bodily harm by a regional court in Brno.
The state prosecutor requested 12 years for Zondra, who pleaded not guilty to attacking Kvitova in December 2016 in her apartment in Prostejov.
After a quarter-final round loss in the Miami Open on Tuesday night, Kvitova addressed the verdict.
“Yeah, I heard that, for sure, I heard that this morning,” she said. “I accepted the news. I’m happy for the news and I’m glad it’s over now.”
Kvitova’s spokesman, Karel Tejkal, said she respects the ruling of an independent court.” “She’s satisfied with the verdict because she identified the convicted person as the attacker,” she added.
Kvitova had surgery on injuries to her playing left hand. It took the tennis star more than five months to recover.
In the attack, Kvitova sustained damage to the tendons in her hand, along with injuries to all five fingers and two nerves, and underwent nearly four hours of surgery.