Tennis : Former world no. 6 Carla Suarez Navarro diagnosed with cancer

Former world number six Carla Suarez Navarro said on Tuesday she has been diagnosed with early stage Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of cancer, and will need to go through six months of chemotherapy.

The 31-year-old Spaniard, in a video posted on her Twitter account, said she received her diagnosis a few days ago. “I’m fine and calm at the moment, willing to face whatever comes,” Suarez Navarro said in the video. “See you soon.”

Last week, Suarez Navarro withdrew from the US Open, which began in New York on Monday, for health reasons.

Along with her video, Suarez Navarro wrote: “Patience and self-belief guided me through my career. Not the easiest rival to deal with. I’ll need my truly best.”