Former World No.6 Carla Suárez Navarro has said that she has been diagnosed with early stage Hodgkin Lymphoma. The seven-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist from Spain had pulled out of the ongoing US Open due to health reasons and had said that she was undergoing tests in Spain in the recent weeks as she had not been able to train as hard as she would have liked to.
Carla Suárez Navarro diagnosed with early stage Hodgkin Lymphoma
In an official statement as per the WTA Tour website, Suárez Navarro says, "I hope everybody is fine during the difficult times in which we’re living.
I would like be writing to send great news but so far that’s a reality that must be put on hold. As I let you know in previous weeks, I’ve been unable to train on court or at the gym on a regular basis recently.
When I expose my body to the demands of professional sport, it doesn’t sustain the effort anymore. I haven't completed a practice sessions since July. During the past few days you may have seen some images from a hospital bed on my Social Media platforms.
We’ve been looking for medical reasons to explain why I was feeling unwell. I went through different tests to detect the cause. That forced me to stay at home resting and withdraw from the two New York events I planned to compete in.
That was my dream after so many months out of the competition. The clinical results were confirmed: I was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma. The doctors told me that it was small, curable lymphoma detected at an early stage. The treatment required is clear: I must complete a treatment with six months of chemotherapy.
That’s the only goal I have in mind right now. Everything else becomes automatically secondary. I want to express gratitude for the nice, elegant support I have always received from the fans throughout my entire professional career.
I hope you understand my current situation and hope to see you as soon as possible. Carla"
The Spaniard had earlier said she intended to retire at the end of the 2020 season - but with the global pandemic, she had said she may reconsider that decision and play till 2021 prior to her medical issues.
Me toca afrontar una realidad complicada. Toca aceptarlo e intentar salir adelante confiando en el consejo médico. Siempre con positivismo ante la adversidad.
Patience and self-belief guided me through my career. Not the easiest rival to deal with. I’ll need my truly best. pic.twitter.com/lF9oVChWRh — Carla Suárez Navarro (@CarlaSuarezNava) September 1, 2020
She turns 32 years old on September 3rd and is currently ranked No. 71 in the world. Here's wishing Carla Suarez Navarro all the very best in her latest battle.