Tennis Hall of Famer Chris Evert says she has ovarian cancer


Former tennis star Chris Evert says she was diagnosed with an early stage of ovarian cancer.

The 67-year-old Evert revealed the disease in a story published Friday on ESPN.com; she is an on-air announcer for ESPN.

She learned about the cancer last month and started taking chemotherapy this week.

“I’ve lived a very charming life. Now I have some challenges ahead of me,” Evert said, “but I’m comforted to know that chemotherapy is to make sure the cancer doesn’t come back.”

Evert won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, reached No. 1 on the WTA rankings and was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 1995.

Her sister, Jeanne Evert Dubin, died of ovarian cancer in February 2020 at the age of 62.

“Be your own lawyer. Know your family’s history. Have total awareness of your body, follow your gut feeling and be aware of changes,” Evert said in the ESPN story. “Do not try to be a crusader and think this will pass . “

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