Former world tennis player Martina Navratilova said Monday she was diagnosed with throat and breast cancer. The Czech-American is considered one of the greatest players of all time, having won a total of 59 Grand Slam titles in singles and doubles.
“This double whammy is serious, but still fixable,” the 66-year-old said in her statement to the WTA. She said, “I’m hoping for good results. It will stink for a while, but I will fight with all my might.”
Czech-born Navratilova, who became a US citizen in 1981, was also diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and overcame it. Navratilova said she had stage 1 cancer and she has a good prognosis and her treatment will begin next week, she added.
Cancer was first discovered during the WTA finals in early November when Navratilova noticed swelling in her throat.
“Martina discovered enlarged lymph nodes in her neck during the WTA finals at Forth Worth,” said Navratilova’s representative Mary Greenham. “When she wasn’t getting smaller, she did a biopsy and the results came back as stage 1 throat cancer,” she said.