TENNIS ace Carla Suarez Navarro has been cleared of cancer – and is now eyeing a shock French Open return.
The Spanish former world No6, 32, underwent seven months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment in Barcelona for Hodgkin lymphoma.
Carla Suarez Navarro has beaten cancer and is now eyeing a return to tennisCredit: Twitter / @CarlaSuarezNava
She announced she had the uncommon cancer that develops in the lymphatic system in September.
Navarro, who thought the symptoms were coronavirus last summer, has now completed her treatment and been given the all clear.
She tweeted on Thursday: “Another step forward. Today I finished my treatment and overcame Hodgkin lymphoma.
“Thanks to all for your warm messages. Every word of support gave me strength during the past few months.
“All my gratitude to healthcare professionals who take care of us every day. I’M CURED.”
Accompanying the good news were pictures of the player clenching her fists wearing a T-shirt with the words ‘Stronger than Cancer’ on the front.
Tennis stars past and present shared the post on social media and sent messages of love and support.
US Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka said: “Best news! You are amazing! Vamos.”
Chris Evert added: “So happy for you!”
Kim Clijsters added: “Wonderful news Carla, congratulations.”
What is Hodgkin lymphoma?
HODGKIN LYMPHOMA is an uncommon cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels and glands spread throughout your body.
The lymphatic system is part of your immune system. Clear fluid called lymph flows through the lymphatic vessels and contains infection-fighting white blood cells, known as lymphocytes.
The most common symptom of Hodgkin lymphoma is a painless swelling in a lymph node, usually in the neck, armpit or groin.
Hodgkin lymphoma can develop at any age, but it mostly affects young adults in their early 20s and older adults over the age of 70. Slightly more men than women are affected.
Around 2,100 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in the UK each year.
Hodgkin lymphoma is a relatively aggressive cancer and can quickly spread through the body. Despite this, it’s also one of the most easily treated types of cancer.
Gran Canaria-born Navarro, known for having one of the best backhands in the game, had planned to retire at the end of 2020 before her cancer diagnosis.
But she is now going to try to return to the professional circuit after her world ranking was protected at No68 because of her health battle.
The seven-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist has been training since March and plans to feature at Roland Garros, with the rearranged clay-court major starting on May 24.
Navarro last played competitively on the WTA tour last February.
The Spanish player received plenty of messages and is hoping to play at the French Open next monthCredit: Jamie McPhilimey – The Sun
She underwent seven months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment in Barcelona for Hodgkin lymphomaCredit: Twitter / @CarlaSuarezNava