New York: Tennis star Martina Navratilova is suffering from throat and breast cancer.
In a statement released by her representative on Monday (US time), the 18-time Grand Slam singles champion and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame said her prognosis is good and she will start treatment this month.
“This double whammy is serious but still repairable and I’m hoping for a favorable outcome,” said 66-year-old Navratilova. “It’s going to stink for a while, but I’ll fight with everything I’ve got.”
She said she noticed an enlarged lymph node in her neck while attending the season-ending WTA Finals in Fort Worth, Texas in November, and a biopsy showed early-stage throat cancer. While Navratilova was undergoing tests on her neck, she said, the unrelated breast cancer was discovered.
Navratilova was diagnosed with a non-invasive form of breast cancer in 2010 and had a lumpectomy.
She won a total of 59 Grand Slam titles, including 31 in women’s doubles and 10 in mixed doubles. The most recent was a mixed doubles championship with Bob Bryan at the 2006 US Open, a month before her 50th birthday.
Navratilova originally retired in 1994 after a record 167 singles titles and 331 weeks at No. 1 WTA rankings. She returned to the tour in 2000 to play doubles and occasionally competed in singles as well.
Navratilova was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000. She has worked as a TV analyst for the last few years.
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/tennis-legend-martina-navratilova-diagnosed-with-throat-breast-cancer-20230103-p5c9zc.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_sport Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has been diagnosed with throat and breast cancer