Italian former Grand Slam tennis player Francesca Schiavone, who was crowned with the Roland Garros title in 2010, has won her battle against cancer, Reuters reported on Saturday December 14th.
The 39-year-old said she had defeated cancer after a “tough battle”. Schiavone did not provide any further details about the nature of her diagnosis, but said she was back in action following chemotherapy.
Schiavone posted a video on her Twitter account on Friday December 13th and described her fight with cancer in a few words.
"Hi everyone, after 7-8 (months) of silence from social media and from the world, I wish to share with you what happened to me. I was diagnosed with cancer and had chemotherapy, I fought a tough battle and now I am still breathing. I have won this fight. And now I am back in action,” she said.
Schiavone was the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam, achieved a career-high ranking of number four in 2011 and retired in 2018 after 22 seasons.
Schiavone is the latest in a number of tennis players who have been diagnosed with cancer. In May, the United States player Nicole Gibbs underwent surgery for a rare salivary gland cancer and at Wimbledon in 2014, tests showed that then 18-year-old American Vicky Duval had Hodgkin's lymphoma.