Jelena Jankovic: ´We always Worry about tennis but we forget to listen to our body´

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Jelena Jankovic: ´We always Worry about tennis but we forget to listen to our body´

In April Jelena Jankovic had some very stressful weeks. In an interview to The Tennis Island she is back to speak of when doctors thought she had a cancer. The Serb suffered a shoulder injury in March, but then the issues were others and could have been much more serious than the shoulder one: 'When they did a scan in Miami, a MRI to check my strain, they caught the lower part of my thyroid gland and they found some cyst which was quite big, bigger than it should be and what’s normal - said Jankovic .That was another concern, [and] it was quite a stressful situation for about a week until I have undergone through all the analysis and tests and blood work.

In the end, they did a biopsy and they removed the cyst with a needle and luckily, it was benign. The Serb was very afraid, and realized that tennis is not the only thing in the life: 'It was a very traumatic week for me because, at some point, the doctor said that I might have cancer and it was a scary thought — I don’t think anyone likes to hear that.

We always worry about the tennis, about the lifestyle, [but] we keep going, keep traveling, keep working hard — we forget sometimes to listen to our body and it’s also maybe hard to feel some symptoms". Jankovic played his first match since Miami against Sorana Cirstea on Sunday in Madrid, she lost 6-4 6-3 and should play Rome next.

But now the result is secondary: she is doing more or less well and that's the most important thing, because as she perfectly says, you have not to worry only about the tennis... ALSO READ: Bat flying on the court at the Mutua Madrid Open