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American player Duval has Hodgkin's lymphoma

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 4, 2014 at 1:51 pm •  Published: July 4, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Victoria Duval, an 18-year-old American tennis player, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma but expects to make a full recovery within months after undergoing treatment for the cancer.

Duval, who lost in the second round at Wimbledon last week, was diagnosed after a biopsy was taken in England before Wimbledon and further tests in the United States confirmed the results, her management team said Friday.

"It is with a heavy heart that I will have to step away from tennis competition for a short period after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma," Duval said in the statement.

The statement said Hodgkin's, the most common form of cancer in adolescents, "was caught in a very early stage."

"(She) will undergo treatment right away and due to her overall good health and isolation of the cancer, the prognosis is a full recovery in a few months," the statement said.

Treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells, has a high rate of success among young people.

It's the latest challenge for Duval and her family: as a child, she was kidnapped in her parents' home country of Haiti. And her father was trapped for days in the rubble of his house there after a devastating 2010 earthquake.

Duval reached the second round of the U.S. Open last year, beating 2011 champion Sam Stosur in the first round. As a qualifier in the main draw last week at Wimbledon, she lost in the second round to Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.

Duval said she received the news after the first round of qualifying at Wimbledon, but decided to continue playing. She beat 29th-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the first round.

"Being on court provided me with much comfort," she said. "I have complete faith that God will assist me and my family with all that we need, to achieve victory and become stronger from this journey. I picture myself healthy, stronger and competing again soon."

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