Chris Evert reveals diagnosis of ovarian cancer, with former world number one drawing inspiration from late sister’s fight

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Chris Evert, the former world number one, has revealed that she is on chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. The 67-year-old American had a first-degree diagnosis and says she is “very lucky to have been discovered early”.

She said her “inspiration” to fight the disease is her fellow tennis sister, who died two years ago of ovarian cancer.

“I wanted to share my diagnosis of first-degree ovarian cancer and the story behind it as a way to help others,” the 67-year-old wrote on Twitter. “I feel very happy to have been caught early and I expect positive results from my chemotherapy plan.”

In an article for ESPN television station, Evert said she has a six-week course of treatment after a malignant tumor was discovered during a preventive hysterectomy last month.

“I’ve lived a very enchanting life,” Evert said as she reflected on her current fight against the disease. “Now I have some challenges ahead of me. But it comforts me to know that chemotherapy is to ensure that the cancer doesn’t come back.”

Evert expects “positive results from my chemotherapy plan,” but found she was nervous about the coming weeks. “As someone who has always had control over my life, I have no idea how I’m going to respond to chemotherapy. I have to indulge in something higher.”

Evert’s diagnosis is made after her younger sister Jeanne Evert Dubin died of the same disease in 2020 at the age of 62. Her sister’s cancer had spread before it was discovered.

Even the winner of 18 grand slam titles had no symptoms when doctors discovered she was ill. “I just couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I practiced, did CrossFit, played tennis. I didn’t feel anything different.”

Evert said watching her sister treat herself is “devastating and traumatizing”. She added: “When I go to chemotherapy, she is my inspiration.” Evert, a regular commentator and analyst at ESPN, will occasionally appear from home during the Australian Open reporting.

When she finishes chemotherapy, her doctor believes there is more than a 90 percent chance that the cancer will never return. “I don’t remember being so happy for years,” Evert said after receiving news from her doctor. “Thank you to everyone who respects my need to focus on my health and treatment plan,” she tweeted. “Sometimes you’ll see me show up from home during ESPN’s coverage of the Aussie Open.”

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