Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, and Others React to Carla Suarez Navarro Being Cancer-Free

Published 04/23/2021, 2:02 AM EDT


Carla Suarez Navarro has shared heartening news, which has lifted the spirits of the entire tennis community. The Spanish professional who got diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year revealed that she is now cancer-free.

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The 32-year-old posted a picture of herself on her social media handles wearing a ‘Stronger Than Cancer’ t-shirt. Following that, a list of her friends and colleagues responded with kind words and congratulated her on her victory.

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Carla wrote, “I’M CURED! Another step forward. Today I finished my treatment and overcame Hodgkin lymphoma.” She also thanked her supporters and the healthcare professionals in the post.

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Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, and other tennis stars react to Carla’s news

The good news from Carlo spread like wildfire and left many with a warm heart. Indeed, it was the right time to show the Spaniard some more love.

Venus Williams of the United States celebrates after winning match point in her first round match against Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania during day two of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams expressed her happiness on Instagram. She and Carla have played one another 11 times in the 2009-2019 decade.

Venus commented, “I’m just one of the millions who are SO happy for this news!” Undoubtedly, the news has provided some much-needed relief to ardent tennis fans around the world.

Maria Sharapova, the five majors champion who retired last year, responded on Twitter. Former World No. 1’s Victoria Azarenka, Kim Clijsters, and Chris Evert also joined the Russian.

Former doubles World No. 1’s Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands also gave her love. The Indian wrote, “So amazing, you fighter.” The American replied, “Yes Carla! You are an inspiration!”

Apart from them, American star Madison Keys, German professional Andrea Petkovic, and retired Australian Rennae Stubbs shared their happiness with the news. Afterward, the list kept on growing.

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The Spaniard was a recurrent player to reach the Top 10 rankings. Her commitment to her game has brought bundles of joy to her many fans week after week.

Thus, it took no time for her fans to flood the Instagram comment box with anticipation of her return on court. Many other professionals from her country and outside expressed their happiness.

The names include Caroline Wozniacki, Roberto Bautista Agut, Garbine Muguruza, Kiki Bertens, Barbora Strycova, Carlos Alcaraz Garfia, Kristina Mladenovic, Ajla Tomljanovic, and many more. Even tournaments such as Mutua Madrid Open and Wimbledon belonged to the list.

To add to this heart-warming news, Carla has direct entry to the main draw of the French Open this year. She had planned to hang her racquet at the US Open 2020, but the pandemic and her illness postponed it.

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Now, the fans and the players will wait for the Roland Garros event for more than one reason. There is no doubt that Carla will show her best in Paris.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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