Former world No. 1 Suarez Navarro reveals cancer diagnosis

Carla Suarez Navarro said she has been diagnosed with early stage Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of cancer, and will need to go through six months of chemotherapy.

Last week, Suarez Navarro had withdrawn from the U.S. Open.   -  Reuters Photo

Former world number six Carla Suarez Navarro said on Tuesday she has been diagnosed with early stage Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of cancer, and will need to go through six months of chemotherapy.

The 31-year-old Spaniard, in a video posted on her Twitter account, said she received her diagnosis a few days ago.

“I'm fine and calm at the moment, willing to face whatever comes,” Suarez Navarro said in the video. “See you soon.”

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Last week, Suarez Navarro withdrew from the U.S. Open, which began in New York on Monday, for health reasons.

Along with her video, Suarez Navarro wrote: “Patience and self-belief guided me through my career. Not the easiest rival to deal with. I'll need my truly best.”

In a separate statement, Suarez-Navarro said doctors told her she had a small, curable lymphoma that was detected at an early stage.

A number of fellow tennis players sent their best wishes to Suarez Navarro after learning of her diagnosis.

“Carlita.. If I know somebody who can deal with this, it's you!,” twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who won her opening U.S. Open match on Monday, tweeted. “You are a fighter and great champion with lots of positivity. Sending you strength and hugs.”

“Hi Carla, want to wish you nothing but strength and courage to take on this battle,” four-times Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters tweeted ahead of her first round match at the U.S. Open. “Thinking of you and sending lots of positive energy.”

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