April 7, 2010

USA: Martina Navratilova diagnosed with breast cancer

. LONDON, England / The Guardian / Sport / Tennis / April 7, 2010 • Fifty-three-year-old has won 18 grand slam singles • Prognosis for survival 'extremely good' according to reports Former tennis player Martina Navratilova has been diagnosed with breast cancer, she told People magazine. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Reuters Martina Navratilova has been diagnosed with breast cancer, she told the American magazine People today. The 53-year-old, who won 18 grand slam singles titles including a record nine Wimbledon singles victories, and 31 doubles titles, said she cried when the diagnosis was made. "I cried. It knocked me on my ass, really. I feel so in control of my life and my body, and then this comes, and it's completely out of my hands." A biopsy came back positive in February after a routine mammogram revealed a cluster in her left breast. She will begin six weeks of radiation therapy in May and the prognosis for survival is extremely good, according to the People report.[rc] © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010