Petra Kvitova has revealed she is hopeful of returning in time for the French Open as she continues her recovery from injury.
The Czech star suffered damage to tendons and nerves in her left hand when she was stabbed while apprehending an intruder at home before Christmas and has not played since.
Kvitova was originally expected to be out for six months but her recovery has gone well and she has now submitted her name to the entry list for Roland Garros.
The French Open begins on May 28 and the 27-year-old is currently 23.00 to win the title, with Serena Williams leading the betting at 3.10 and defending champion Garbine Muguruza 6.50.
Having twice won Wimbledon, Kvitova knows how to perform on the big stage but has a mixed record on the Parisian clay, making the semi-finals just once.
Simply making it back to the court following her ordeal in December will be a huge achievement and she is clearly determined to return.
Although she admits there are still doubts over whether she will be ready in time, the Bilovec native is going to give herself every chance of appearing at the end of next month.
She wrote on Instagram: “My name will appear on the entry list for Roland Garros tomorrow because, as the entry deadline approached, I had made good progress in my recovery process and I want to give myself every last opportunity to be able to compete at one of my favourite events.
“This unfortunately does not mean necessarily that I will be ready to play in Paris, but that I’m doing everything possible to give myself the chance and keep a positive mindset.”