French Open: Cancer survivor Carla Suarez Navarro wanted to play at Roland Garros ‘one last time’

French Open Carla Suarez Navarro
Source: Sky Sports

Carla Suarez Navarro revealed that she received lots of love from her fellow tennis players during the course of the French Open. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in September last year. Navarro announced that she was cancer-free early this year. Her comeback at Rolland Garros was short-lived when she bowed out after a tough match against Sloane Stephens, 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-4. Carla Suarez Navarro played some good tennis in the French Open despite this being her first competitive match since February in Doha.

Before her diagnosis, she had decided to retire in 2020 but the coronavirus pandemic helped make up her mind to continue for another season. In April, she announced she was cancer-free and her Grand Slam preparation began. For long periods of the opening round, it seemed like her comeback would be a winning one. She even served for the match in the second set but failed to close it out.

“It was a long time, really tough moments. Tough months. But every time I had on my mind that I want to be here, I want to come back. Roland Garros is one of my favourite tournaments, so I had it really clear that my first tournament will be this one.” Navarro said. “Then I tried to prepare myself for my best tennis that I can. Obviously, I need more time, but I had a good time this week practising, I had a good level in my match.”

“Of course I felt tired at the end. I knew that if I don’t close the match in two sets, it will be so difficult for me. But I’m really proud, too, of myself and really happy to have the chance to play here one last time.” she added. “I’m really happy to be here again with all of them. Yeah. I receive a lot of love from them.”


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