18-time grand slam champion Chris Evert is one of the greatest players to have played the sport. Her rivalry with Martina Navratilova is considered to be one of the greatest and has certainly shaped women’s tennis. Unfortunately for her, the American legend was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer.
Evert has had a history of cancer in her family. Her younger sister Jeanne passed away in 2020 due to Ovarian Cancer. In the latest interview for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO, Evert revealed that her sister’s death saved her life because it was only after the death that she got herself checked for Cancer and could detect it at a young stage. “My sister’s death saved my life,” an emotional Evert told Mary Carillo.
Evert was diagnosed with stage 1 Ovarian Cancer a while back and she said that it came out of the blue for her. She had no signs or symptoms of it and the whole situation was kind of a deja vu.
“I mean, that came out of the blue,” Evert told about her initial stage 1 diagnosis. “It just came out of nowhere. I was feeling fine. No symptoms, no signs. And it was like deja vu, you know here we go again.”
‘Thousands and thousands of people have cancer, I’m just like everybody else’: Chris Evert
She further added that in tennis one can control the situation a lot better but in this situation, she was left helpless. She concluded by saying that thousands of people have cancer and she’s just like everyone else.
“In tennis, you can control the situation a lot better and this type of thing you can’t control it,” she said. “Thousands and thousands of people have cancer, I’m just like everybody else.”