Francesca Schiavone overcomes her ‘toughest battle’ as she beats cancer

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Francesca Schiavone

Former Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone has revealed she has overcome the “toughest battle” of her life by beating cancer.

The 2010 French Open winner, who retired from professional tennis in 2018, announced on social media on Friday that she had been diagnosed with the illness in June.

After successful chemotherapy, the Italian now hopes to “start new projects” that she “never got round to”.

“I’ll tell you what happened in the past seven months of my life: they diagnosed me with a malignant tumor, it was the toughest battle I ever faced in my life,” the 39-year-old, who won eight WTA Tour titles as well as three Fed Cup trophies, said.

“But the best thing about it is that I have managed to win this battle. And when they told me a few days ago, I exploded with happiness and I still live with happiness today, I can cut it with a knife.

“I’m ready with my heart and my mind to start new projects I had planned, but I never got round to. So we’ll see each other really soon. I’m really happy of who I am today.”

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