One year on from suffering a career-threatening injury, Petra Kvitova is back - and looking forward to a successful 2018.
The former Wimbledon champion was stabbed in the hand by an intruder to her home last December - and she had to undergo surgery and months of rehabilitation before she could consider returning to the court.
The 27-year-old made that comeback at the French Open in May - and even won the Aegon Classic in June.
The Czech is now hoping for much more success next year.
“This year has been a rollercoaster. The beginning wasn’t very nice, so I‘m really glad that it’s over. Now I can look at everything positively again,” Kvitova said in an interview with The Guardian.
”It was a pretty tough year and I had a lot of emotions during my comeback...I can see that I can play tennis – and I can play it well, and for me this is the best outcome I could have hoped for.
“I have started to live with my new hand. I’ve started to try to like it, to love it and that’s how I am going to take it. It’s my hand and I am just happy that I have all of my fingers.”
Kvitova is now looking ahead to starting her 2018 at the Brisbane International - a tournament she has previously won - as her hand continues to recover.
“It will probably take more than a year to get full movement back, I’m not sure,” Kvitova says. “For tennis and for life, it’s good. I’ve done everything that I could but there is still some space to improve it. I hope that with more time I will be even stronger."