Spanish tennis star Carla Suarez Navarro has been praised in the tennis world after confirming her return to the sport after a frightening battle with cancer.
The former World No.6 left fans shocked and saddened in September last year after revealing that she'd been diagnosed with early-stage Hodgkin's lymphoma and would need to go through six months of chemotherapy.
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Despite the terrifying ordeal, the two-time French Open quarter-finalist has announced that she will be making her tennis comeback, when the year's second grand slam gets underway at Roland Garros on Sunday.
Suarez Navarro - who only last month revealed that she'd been cured of cancer - says she's delighted to be given one more chance at a proper French Open farewell.
"It makes me tremendously excited to be able to participate in Roland Garros," she said on the website of the Spanish tennis federation.
"I have been working these last few months to give myself the opportunity to compete one last time in Paris.
"I am looking forward to jumping on to the court and feeling again how special this tournament has always been for me."
Not surprisingly, the popular Spaniard's heartwarming news was greeted with delight across the tennis world.
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Suarez Navarro, who is currently ranked 118th in the world, returned to practice in December and said last month she had completed her treatment and was cured.
She had said in late 2019 that she intended to quit at the end of 2020 but now wants to keep playing after her final season was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and her health battle.
The two-time French Open quarter-finalist, known for one of the best backhands in the women's circuit, had planned to compete at last year's US Open but withdrew a week before the grand slam was set to begin.
She revealed her diagnosis a week later, saying doctors told her she had a small, curable lymphoma that was detected at an early stage.
"Tennis has given me many things and I have always wanted to say goodbye on a court," she said.
"Roland Garros has given me some of the best moments of my career. My first great result was produced on these courts, I have very good memories after all these years and it is a joy to be able to come for the last time to compete in Paris.
"They are going to be some very beautiful days and I hope to be able to enjoy them to the maximum."
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