15 July, 2011
Best Wishes to Alisa Kleybanova
This update comes late in the day, but the sentiments are no less sincere. We want to join the chorus wishing the best to Russia's Alisa Kleybanova.
She announced today, on her 22nd birthday, that she has been diagnosed with 2nd stage Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She is currently undergoing treatment in Italy. In a statement released today on the WTA Tour website, Alisa said:
"It's not an easy time for me right now. I have Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer. I'm having treatment in Italy and it's going well, but it takes lots of patience and time, and I need to be really strong and positive to go through this. I still have a few more months of treatment to go. But the good news is, if I feel well after I'm done with everything, there's a chance that I'll be able to play tennis again. There is nothing for sure, but the chance is a big hope for me and it helps me to stay positive and focus on my healing every single day! I really miss playing - I miss seeing fans and friends around the world, I miss hitting the ball, I miss everything. Tennis has been my life for the last 15 years."
Alisa's full statement can be read on WTATennis.com here
Her phone interview with Tennis Channel's Cari Champion can be seen here