Chris Evert reveals ovarian cancer diagnosis

Tennis star Chris Evert has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and is receiving treatment.

The 18-time Grand Slam singles champion announced the diagnosis was made in early December following a preventive hysterectomy after being told she was at risk of cancer.

The former American world No. 1, who had the first of six rounds of chemotherapy this month, said she feels incredibly fortunate the cancer was caught before it spread.

“I’m so happy,” she told ESPN, for which she works as a reporter. “I have some challenges ahead of me. But I take comfort in knowing that chemotherapy is designed to make sure the cancer doesn’t come back.”

Evert’s younger sister Jeane died of the same disease two years ago, but the family were initially informed that genetic testing had revealed nothing sinister.

However, further research led to advances in the field, and Evert was advised in October to seek more information about her own situation.

A blood test revealed that she too had a pathogenic variant of the gene, leading to a hysterectomy and the discovery of a tumor.

The 67-year-old said of Jeane: “When I go into chemo, she is my inspiration. I will think of her. And she’ll see me through it.”

Messages of support immediately poured in on social media, with Evert’s longtime rival and friend Martina Navratilova writing on Twitter: “We are all with you and behind you Chrissie you are a true champion and I have no doubt you are fighting this nasty foe will defeat without sweating!”

American player Madison Keys wrote: “So glad you are ok now @ChrissieEvert! I send you lots of love.”

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