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Former Tennis Star Carla Suárez Navarro Is Cancer Free after 8-Month Battle with Hodgkin Lymphoma

Jené Liebenberg
Apr 23, 2021
10:20 A.M.
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Carla Suárez Navarro revealed that she was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in September 2020 after withdrawing from the U.S. Open. 

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Carla Suárez Navarro took to Twitter to share an exciting health update with her fans. The former professional tennis player posted a photo of her sporting short hair, looking ecstatic about her news. 

Suárez Navarro revealed that she is cancer-free after overcoming Hodgkin Lymphoma. She underwent eight months of treatment to battle the disease and came out on the other side without a trace of cancer.  

Carla Suarez Navarro playing on Day Ten of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2018. | Getty Images

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CURED OF CANCER

Suárez Navarro couldn't hide her elation in the two photos she posted with the good cancer-free news. She struck a pose as she showed off her biceps and stood on one knee, cheering in the other photo. Navarro wrote

"All my gratitude to healthcare professionals who take care of us every day. I'M CURED!"

The former tennis star was also sure to express her gratitude for all the support she has received through her journey to remission as she announced that she was officially finished with her treatment.  

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HODGKIN LYMPHOMA

September 2020 was a difficult month for Navarro. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the body's lymphatic system, which resulted in her stepping away from the U.S. Open. 

The Madrid Open in May is too soon for Suárez Navarro's body to get back into the shape it needs to be.

Suárez Navarro took her fans and followers on the journey toward recovery as she shared her diagnosis on Twitter with a photo of her in a hospital bed last year. The athlete tackled her treatment with positivity as she relied on her doctors' guidance. 

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ENDING HER CAREER  

The 32-year-old tennis player was a force to be reckoned with on the court before announcing that the 2020 season would be her last. She reached 6th place on the world rankings in 2016 and reeled in two WTA singles titles. 

She currently lies in the 68th position. Suárez Navarro announced her retirement from the sport in December during a press conference in Barcelona, saying

"At this time, I notice that the time has come to complete a beautiful chapter and begin to enjoy other areas of life. Tennis will always be in me."

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TOKYO OLYMPICS

With her new lease on life following the end of her chemotherapy treatments, it seems the Spanish athlete is thinking of shelving her retirement and getting back onto the court to end her career on a high. 

The Olympic Channel reported that Suárez Navarro was only waiting on the hundred percent go-ahead from her doctors before she decided to pursue qualification for the Tokyo Olympics.

Suárez Navarro sees her return to the tennis court for the Olympic games as a chance to say a proper goodbye to the sport that formed her life since she was a teenager. 

The Madrid Open in May is too soon for Suárez Navarro's body to get back into the shape it needs to be, but she has set her sights on the major tournament in Tokyo or otherwise Wimbledon and the US Open. 

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