Petra Kvitova, who has missed just one year of Fed Cup action in the past decade, has been honored with her second Heart Award – and has donated the cheque to the hospital that saved her hand and career.
Her duo of straight-sets wins in the Fed Cup semifinals – over Germany’s Julia Goerges and Angelique Kerber – led to fans voting hers the performance of the round.
“I’m excited to have won the Heart Award,” said Kvitova. “It’s a big honour for me to win it. I won it once before, in 2011, and it’s a beautiful award – it’s awarded by the fans, which is something very special. The fans are the best, and we are playing for them as well. It’s something very special to be voted by them.
“I’m going to donate it to the hospital when my injury happened. I’m very excited to give them the money.”
She received a cheque for £10,000, which will be presented to the Institute of Hand Surgery and Plastic Surgery in Vysoke nad Jizerou, where she underwent surgery on her left hand following a knife attack by an intruder in her home at the end of 2016.