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Tennis legend Martina Navratilova diagnosed with two types of cancer: ‘I hope for a positive result’

Tennis legend On Monday, Martina Navratilova revealed that she had been diagnosed with throat and breast cancer after discovering a lump in her neck two months ago.

Navratilova, 66, told The Times she discovered an enlarged lymph node in her neck in November, and during tests this was also discovered. Cancer returned on her chest. She was optimistic about her health in the future.

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November 7, 2022; Forth Worth, Texas, USA; Martina Navratilova, Elise Mertens (Belgium) and Veronika Kudermitova pose with the trophy after winning the doubles final against Barbora Krejikova (CZ) and Katerina Siniakova (CZ) on day eight of the WTA Finals at Dickies Arena.
(Reuters)

“This double whammy is dangerous but still fixable,” the tennis great told the outlet. “I hope for a favorable outcome. It will stink for a while but I will fight with all my might.”

A spokesperson for Navratilova told The Times that “both types of cancer are at an early stage and produce great results.” She is not expected to travel for the Australian Open, as her cancer treatment is reportedly set to begin later this month.

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Former tennis player Martina Navratilova in the royal box before the women's singles final between Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina and Tunisia's Ons Jabeur.

Former tennis player Martina Navratilova in the royal box before the women’s singles final between Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina and Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur.
(Reuters/Hannah McKay)

Both types of cancer are in the early stages.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer over a decade ago. She underwent surgery to remove cancerous cells along with radiotherapy and kept up with a tennis show schedule.

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Navratilova is considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time – up there on Mount Rushmore’s list with Serena Williams, Chris Evert, Billie Jean King and Margaret Court. She is ranked No. 1 in the world for 332 and has won 59 major titles in singles, doubles and mixed events.

Former tennis player Martina Navratilova attends the trophy ceremony after American Serena Williams wins her women's singles final against Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, June 6, 2015.

Former tennis player Martina Navratilova attends the trophy ceremony after American Serena Williams wins her women’s singles final against Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, June 6, 2015.
(Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

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Notably, she won nine Wimbledon titles.