Women's tennis legend Chris Evert of the United States, who has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, has been diagnosed with a recurrence of her ovarian cancer and is undergoing treatment, she said in a statement Friday.
While this is a diagnosis I never wanted to hear, I once again feel fortunate that it was detected in time," Evert said in a statement released by his employer, ESPN, also shared on social media platform X.
Based on a positron emission tomography, I underwent another robotic surgery last week. Doctors found cancer cells in the same pelvic area. All the cells were removed and I started a new round of chemotherapy," the text explains.
Evert, 68, said in January 2022 that he had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. His younger sister, Jeanne Evert Dubin, died of the same disease in February 2020 at the age of 62.
Evert said that as a result she was retiring from her job as a commentator for ESPN and would not be able to join her colleagues in Melbourne for the Australian Open next month. However, she said she would be "ready for the rest of the Grand Slam tournaments this season."
Evert was a dominant figure in women's tennis in the 1970s and 1980s, winning 157 WTA singles titles and reaching at least the semifinals in 52 of the 56 Grand Slam tournaments she entered.
Her two-handed backhand and precision from the baseline have influenced generations of players.
His rivalry with Martina Navratilova, which spanned from 1973 to 1988, including 14 Grand Slam finals, is one of the most important in the history of the sport.
Since retiring, Evert has worked as a television commentator and has also mentored talented young players.
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida native, who discovered through genetic testing that she was at risk for cancer, says early detection is key.
I encourage everyone to know their family history and take care of themselves," she said. Early detection saves lives. This holiday season, be thankful that you are healthy."