Suffering from Hodgkin’s disease, Spanish tenniswoman Carla Suarez Navarro was forced to end her season prematurely in September 2020. This week, she announced that she had beaten her cancer.
Eight months ago, Carla Suarez Navarro was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer that causes an abnormal proliferation of certain white blood cells. Forced to retire, the Spanish tenniswoman, undergoing chemotherapy, has since fought against her illness. This week, she announced on social media that she had officially defeated him.
“Stronger than cancer”
“Another step forward. Today I finished my treatment,” she said in her Twitter post on Thursday. Thank you all for your kind messages. Every word of support from you has given me strength over the past few months. All my gratitude goes to the healthcare professionals who take care of us every day. I AM HEALED! ” To her message are attached two photos where we see her posing, radiant, with a “Stronger than cancer” T-shirt.
Her announcement video, in September 2020, sitting on a hospital bed, had moved the world of tennis. “A few days ago, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” she said at the time, with a big smile despite the events. “I am going to have to do six months of chemotherapy. I am fine and I am serene for the moment, ready to face whatever I face. See you soon. “
55th world before his illness
At the time of this video, the Spaniard was still in 55th place in the world and had already formalized that she would retire at the end of the 2020 season. The detection of her illness, which occurred just before the US Open in which she had to participate, had forced him to leave the circuit prematurely. In December, she took up snowshoeing for a few training sessions. She then kept the hope of being able to return to the courts to finish her career, which could be more relevant than ever.
Suarez Navarro was revealed to the general public in 2008, reaching the quarter-finals of Roland Garros, for her first participation in a Grand Slam tournament. During her career, she reached 6th place in the world at the start of 2016. She notably won two singles titles: the Portugal Open, but above all the prestigious Qatar Total Open in Doha, the day before her best ranking. .