Tennis player Carla Suarez Navarro, who withdrew from the US Open last week for health reasons, has been diagnosed with early-stage Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of cancer, and will need to go through six months of chemotherapy.
The former world number six 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.”
Along with her video, the 31-year-old Spaniard 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 US 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 US Open. “Thinking of you and sending lots of positive energy.”