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Suarez Navarro dreams of Olympic comeback after cancer treatment | Tennis news

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The Spanish tennis player was diagnosed with early Hodgkin lymphoma and underwent chemotherapy.

Former world tennis number six Carla Suarez Navarro says she dreams of returning to competition after cancer treatment and that the Tokyo Olympics postponed this year would be the perfect step to catch up with her career.

Spain’s Suarez Navarro said in September that she was diagnosed with early-stage Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of cancer, and that she is due to undergo six months of chemotherapy.

On Monday, the 32-year-old said on Twitter that she had completed her last session.

The world number 85 last played in February 2020 and faces a race to qualify for the Games, with the top 56 singles players qualifying based on June’s rankings, but Suarez Navarro is not giving up hope.

“I don’t want people to remember me in a hospital bed so I would love to go back to a big tournament,” Suarez Navarro told BBC Radio 5 Live on Friday.

“It would be a dream to do that. The Olympics to say goodbye to my tennis family and also to all my tennis fans. “

Suarez Navarro resumed training in December with Italy’s Sara Errani in Barcelona.

“What the doctors said was tennis and sports were good for me so I decided to continue,” said Suarez Navarro, adding that she now looked forward to her return to the tour.

“I will feel so much joy and happiness when that moment comes. I’ll be grateful and a little nervous to be on the court again.



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