TENNIS ace Carla Suarez Navarro has been cleared of cancer – and is now eyeing a shock French Open return.
The Spanish former world No6, 32, underwent seven months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment in Barcelona for Hodgkin lymphoma.
She announced she had the uncommon cancer that develops in the lymphatic system in September.
Navarro, who thought the symptoms were coronavirus last summer, has now completed her treatment and been given the all clear.
She tweeted on Thursday: “Another step forward. Today I finished my treatment and overcame Hodgkin lymphoma.
“Thanks to all for your warm messages. Every word of support gave me strength during the past few months.
“All my gratitude to healthcare professionals who take care of us every day. I’M CURED.”
Accompanying the good news were pictures of the player clenching her fists wearing a ‘Stronger than Cancer’ T-shirt with the words ‘Stronger than Cancer’ on the front.
Tennis stars past and present shared the post on social media and sent messages of love and support.
US Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka said: “Best news! You are amazing! Vamos.”
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Chris Evert added: “So happy for you!”
Kim Clijsters added: “Wonderful news Carla, congratulations.”
Gran Canaria-born Navarro, known for having one of the best backhands in the game, had planned to retire at the end of 2020 before her cancer diagnosis.
But she is now going to try to return to the professional circuit after her world ranking was protected at No68 because of her health battle.
The seven-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist has been training since March and plans to feature at Roland Garros, with the rearranged clay-court major starting on May 24.
Navarro last played competitively on the WTA tour last February.
But the popular player is also targeting a final swansong at the rearranged Tokyo Olympics with Spain – where she could play alongside close friend Garbine Muguruza.