Tennis great's 'beautiful' moment after retirement call

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Carla Navarro (pictured) receives a standing ovation as she walks off after losing in the first round of the US Open.
Carla Navarro (pictured) has played her final Grand Slam single's match after losing in the first round of the US Open. (Image: @NickMcCarvel)

Spanish great Carla Suarez Navarro received a standing ovation at the US Open after announcing it would be her last single's Grand Slam match following her stunning return to the Tour.

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 announced she would be making her tennis comeback.

After her Roland Garros and Wimbledon campaign, Navarro entered the US Open knowing it would be her last Grand Slam single's match.

And the adored tennis star, known for her fierce competitiveness and one-handed backhand, fell in the First Round American star Danielle Collins 6-2, 6-4.

Despite the loss, fans offered Navarro one last ovation as she exited the US Open single's draw.

The tennis community rallied around Navarro, hailing her comeback to tennis after such a horrible ordeal in 2020.

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At the net, Collins reportedly told Navarro "good luck in the doubles", which will be her last event.

Carla Navarro's incredible tennis comeback

Last year, Navarro announced she would return to the WTA Tour after overcoming her cancer battle.

"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."

Navarro returned to practice in December last year after 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.

Carla Suarez Navarro (pictured) waves to the fans at the end of her first round ladies' singles match against Ashleigh Barty on centre court on day two of Wimbledon.
Carla Suarez Navarro (pictured) waves to the fans at the end of her first round ladies' singles match against Ashleigh Barty on centre court on day two of Wimbledon. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

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.

However, Navarro overcame the cancer to return to the tour in 2021.

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