Former French Open champion Schiavone says she has overcome cancer

File photo of Francesca Schiavone of Italy reacting after winning her first game of her match against Serena Williams of the US in the second set at the US Open tennis championships in New York, August 26, 2013. – Reuters pic
File photo of Francesca Schiavone of Italy reacting after winning her first game of her match against Serena Williams of the US in the second set at the US Open tennis championships in New York, August 26, 2013. – Reuters pic

ROME, Dec 14 — Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone has been given the all clear following a “tough battle” with cancer, the 39-year-old Italian has said.

The 2010 Roland Garros champion did not provide any further details about the nature of her cancer diagnosis but said she was back in action following chemotherapy.

“Hi everyone, upon 7-8 (months) of silence from social media and from the world, I wish to share with you what happened to me,” Schiavone said in a tweet on Friday.

“A cancer had been diagnosed to me. I did chemotherapy, I fought a tough battle and now I am still breathing. I have won this fight. And now I am back in action.”

Schiavone, who is also the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam, achieved a career-high ranking of number four in 2011 and retired in 2018 after 22 seasons.

She won eight singles titles during her career. — Reuters

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