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15th Jan 2022

Tennis legend Chris Evert reveals ovarian cancer diagnosis

Katy Brennan

Her sister passed away from the same illness in 2020.

Tennis legend Chris Evert has revealed that she has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.

After beginning chemotherapy earlier this month, the 67-year-old said she feels very fortunate that the cancer was caught before it had time to spread.

“I wanted to share my stage one ovarian cancer diagnosis and the story behind it as a way to help others,” she wrote on Twitter.

“I feel very lucky that they caught it early and expect positive results from my chemo plan. Thanks to all of you for respecting my need to focus on my health and treatment plan.”

The diagnosis came in December after Evert had a preventive hysterectomy to reduce her risk of cancer. Her  younger sister, Jeane, passed away from ovarian cancer two years ago at the age of 62.

A blood test revealed that, like her sister, Evert had a pathogenic variant of the gene, which led to her decision to get a hysterectomy and the discovery of a malignant tumour.

Speaking about her sister, she said: “When I go into chemo, she is my inspiration. I’ll be thinking of her. And she’ll get me through it.”

Evert previously opened up to ESPN about the diagnosis.

“I’ve lived a very charmed life. Now I have some challenges ahead of me. But, I have comfort in knowing the chemotherapy is to ensure that cancer does not come back.

Many took to social media to wish Evert the best with her treatment.

Her long-time tennis rival and friend Martina Navratilova said: “We are all with you and behind you Chrissie, you are a true champion and I have no doubt you will conquer this nasty opponent with nary a sweat!”

“Wishing you a speedy recovery Chris. Take care, big hug,” wrote Paula Badosa

Evert has won 18 Grand Slam singles championships, as well as three doubles titles, and was crowned the world’s number one singles player seven times.