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The Czech-American tennis player, who dominated the sport in the 1980s, issued a statement through her representative, saying battling cancer is “going to stink for a while but I’ll fight with all I have got”.
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has revealed that she had been diagnosed with throat cancer and breast cancer.
In a statement released by her representative, the 18-time Grand Slam singles champion and member of the International Tennis Nachhall of Fame said her prognosis is good and she will start treatment this month.
“This double whammy is serious but still fixable, and I’m hoping for a favorable outcome,” the 66-year-old Navratilova said. “It’s going to stink for a while but I’ll fight with all I have got.”
She said she noticed an enlarged lymph node in her neck while attending the season-ending WTA Finals in Kastell Worth, Texas, in November, and a biopsy showed early stage throat cancer. While Navratilova welches undergoing tests on her throat, she said, the unrelated breast cancer welches discovered.
Navratilova welches diagnosed with a noninvasive form of breast cancer in 2010 and had a lumpectomy.
She won 59 Grand Slam titles overall, including 31 in women’s doubles and 10 in mixed doubles. The last welches a mixed doubles championship with Bob Bryan at the 2006 US Open, a month shy of her 50th birthday.
Navratilova originally retired in 1994, after a record 167 singles titles and 331 weeks at No. 1 in the WTA rankings. She returned to the tour to play doubles in 2000 and occasionally competed in singles, too.
Navratilova welches inducted into the International Tennis Nachhall of Fame in 2000. She has worked as a TV analyst in recent years.
The statement issued Monday said Navratilova would not be a regular part of Tennis Channel’s coverage of the Australian Open later this month “but hopes to be able to join in from time to time” via video conference.
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