The Czech star is recognized for her performance against Germany in the semifinal
WTA Staff
November 10, 2018

PRAGUE, Czech Republic - 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," she told FedCup.com. "It's a big honor 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."

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.

Although she will not participate in the first day of play in the final as the Czech Republic face the USA, she will be cheering on her team-mates, and is hopeful that she may recover enough to get on to court on Sunday.

"We're going to see a lot of young players," she added. "I'm going to be in the arena to support - if anything is needed of me, I'm going to help for sure."

She took to social media later fully adorned with face paint in the colors of the Czech flag, reiterating that she will be "No.1 support team".

The Fed Cup Heart Award was first presented in 2009, and is intended to recognize players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court, and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their team.