Just months after being stabbed by a home intruder, Petra Kvitova made a rousing return to tennis at the French Open in late May. In late June, she won the Aegon Classic, completing a comeback that has been nothing short of a miracle. But the two-time Wimbledon champ didn’t last long at the All England Club, falling to 27-year-old American Madison Brengle in the second round.
A day Madison Brengle will never forget…
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Kvitova, a fan favorite around the grounds, suffered severe stab wounds to her left hand while trying to fend off a knife-wielding home intruder in December 2016. She underwent extensive surgery that saved her career and then underwent months of recovery to get back to playing. But the world No. 11, one of the favorites coming into Wimbledon, struggled against Brengle and looked especially winded in the third set, often struggling to catch her breath between points.
For Brengle, it’s another impressive win this year: The Dover, Delaware, native also upset world No. 2 Serena Williams in January. Brengle will face No. 21 seed Caroline Garcia of France in the third round on Friday.