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Tennis legend Chris Evert pronounces most cancers analysis

Tennis legend Chris Evert announced Friday that she has been diagnosed with stage 1 ovarian cancer.

“I’m very happy they caught it early and am expecting positive results from my chemoplan,” Evert, 67, wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “Thank you all for respecting my need to focus on my health and treatment plan.”

Evert, a tennis analyst for ESPN, said she will be “intermittently appearing from home” during the sports network’s coverage of the Australian Open tournament, which begins on Monday.

Evert was speaking in an essay co-written by her longtime friend, ESPN journalist Chris McKendry, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer – which her sister Jeanne Evert Dubin died of in 2020 at the age of 62 – also on Friday.

It was discovered after a preventative hysterectomy, she said.

“I’ve lived a very charming life. Now I have some challenges ahead of me. But I’m reassured to know that the chemotherapy is to ensure the cancer doesn’t come back,” said Evert, who retired from professional tennis in 1989 after winning a staggering 18 Grand Slam singles and three doubles titles.

“As someone who has always been in control of my life, I have no idea how I’m going to respond to chemotherapy,” added the mother-of-three. “I have to give in to something higher.”

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