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Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic will play in Charleston for the first time in the 2018 Volvo Car Open. (File/AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Petra Kvitova will make her Charleston tennis debut at the 2018 Volvo Car Open on Daniel Island, tournament officials announced Tuesday.

The two-time Wimbledon champion returned to the WTA circuit in May after suffering a serious hand injury during a home invasion in December 2016. She won her 20th WTA title in June in Birmingham, England.

“No one has shown more desire and strength to be on a tennis court than Petra Kvitova,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager. “Her comeback after a life-threatening incident eight months ago is nothing short of miraculous. It is our absolute pleasure to welcome Petra to Charleston, where our fans will have the opportunity to cheer her on for the first time.”

Kvitova said she is looking forward to playing in Charleston. 

“I’m very thankful to be able to play in the 2018 Volvo Car Open,” said Kvitova. “I was looking forward to the tournament last year and am excited that I’ll be able to compete in front of Charleston fans for the first time this year.”

Kvitova ended the 2016 season with titles at Wuhan and Zhuhai, as well as helping the Czech Republic to its fifth Fed Cup trophy in six years.

In addition to her two titles in 2016, she captured a bronze medal in the Rio Olympics, was a finalist in Luxembourg, made the semifinals in New Haven and Stuttgart and made the quarterfinals in Indian Wells and Beijing.

The nine-day Volvo Car Open (March 31–April 8) is the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America, attracting an average of 90,000 attendees and more than 70 of the top tennis players.

Tickets for the tournament will go on sale on Sept. 12.