Petra Kvitova was delighted to confirm her return to tennis at Roland Garros next week.
The Czech was attacked and stabbed by an intruder at her home last December, suffering a serious injury to her playing hand.
Initially, she was eyeing a return at Wimbledon, but on Friday Kvitova confirmed her return to competitive action in the first round of Roland Garros at an emotional Paris press conference.
Hi guys, I have some news. I am flying to Roland Garros today and taking part in a press conference on site at 2.30pm local time on Friday. Keep everything crossed for me that I will be able to play there ??? Ahojtě, mám pro vás nějaké novinky. Dnes odlétám na Roland Garros a v pátek tam budu mít ve 14:30 tiskovou konferenci. Držte mi všichni palce, ať vše dopadne dobře a já mohu v Paříži hrát ?
"Not many people believed that I can play tennis again," she told the media.
"I actually already won my biggest fight. I'm happy that I like challenges. I stayed in life and I have all my fingers, I can play tennis and I can be here and be in the draw.
"And I'm really looking forward to my match. When I watch some (tennis) on the TV, I didn't really feel great.
"I felt like tennis was taken away from me, and it wasn't my decision. Suddenly I couldn't do what I love. I see life a little bit from a different angle now."
Kvitova has been seeded 15th in Paris thanks to a protected ranking and will play America's world no 86 Julia Boserup in the first round.
Kvitova could not offer any more details about the attack she suffered due to an ongoing police investigation, but admitted her mental recovery was just as tough as her physical one.
"I didn't sleep well the days after, but I wasn't really staying alone," she said.
"I don't really have nightmares. From the beginning I was feeling really weird when I went into the city or somewhere.
"But with time, it's better. But of course I'm more actively watching the people around me."