Francesca Schiavone shares how she was able to beat cancer

In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, the 2010 French Open winner Francesca Schiavone spoke about how she managed to beat cancer with which she was diagnosed earlier this year

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Francesca Schiavone shares how she was able to beat cancer

In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, 2010 French Open winner Francesca Schiavone spoke about how she managed to beat cancer with which she was diagnosed earlier this year. Schiavone said: "Despite you are an athlete, you are used to the competition, a news like this cuts your legs.

But I do not want to look back to the past, I want to look at the future, at what I can re-build. The priority is to be fit and totally healthy again. You cannot know how nice is to wake up in the morning, listening at your breathe and say, Yeah, I am doing well." Before facing the cancer Schiavone was managing a tennis academy for kids and had started coaching Caroline Wozniacki.

On her next plans, she added: "Obviously, I will be on the courts again but I will also organize sports events. And then I will announce something big. If I start coaching again, I would like to help an Italian player, in order to keep the country's flag high and share a common experience.

If there is an offer coming from abroad, I would be honored to coach Simona Halep, because she is a serious, talented girl who can be world No. 1 again and stay there for a longer time." She will not go to Miami, where she moved to after retiring from the professional tour: "As soon as the diagnosis came, I came back to Milan, from my parents.

If they were not with me, I may not have been that strong to face the disease keeping my head high. I would also like to thank the doctors."

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