“Hello everyone, I wanted to inform you that the doctors detected a lymphoma a few days ago. It is a Hodgkin lymphoma that requires six months of chemotherapy. I am fine, I am calm and, above all, wanting to face what comes “.
In this way, Gran Canaria tennis player Carla Suárez, one of the greatest athletes in the history of the Canary Islands, announced that the tournament of her life is beginning: a match against cancer. The island player communicated her situation through a video posted on her social networks. A diagnosis that is the result of several medical tests that have been performed in recent weeks, after several ailments did not allow the tennis player to comply with her training regimen in a natural way for her level. All without losing your smile.
“I have to face a complicated reality. I have to accept it and try to get ahead relying on medical advice. Always positive in the face of adversity. Patience and self-confidence guided me throughout my career. He is not the easiest rival. with which to deal. I will need my best effort, “wrote Carla Suárez in her social media post.
Last week, the Gran Canaria announced that it was withdrawing from the United States Open. Just a few days ago, the 31-year-old Gran Canaria – she will be 32 tomorrow – also withdrew from the Cincinnati tournament, which was played in New York due to the pandemic. Suárez felt “a general malaise” when she worked at “high intensity,” according to what she reported through her press office.
That reason prompted Suárez to undergo various medical tests in recent weeks in Barcelona, the city where he has resided for years. From the first symptoms, the doctors recommended the tennis player “general rest”, a dogma that she has kept since the end of July. Her preparation plan for the season restart was interrupted.
The first examinations were not conclusive and the evaluation of Suárez continued until arriving at this cancer. This disease recently attacked the Malaga actor Dani Rovira, who a few weeks ago reported that he was cured of cancer.
After her announcement, the Gran Canaria tennis player collected messages of support from the world of rackets, sports and society. From the famous teams of the Canary Islands, such as the UD Las Palmas, CD Tenerife or Herbalife Gran Canaria, to institutions such as LaLiga or FC Barcelona. The profiles of the WTA, Wimbledon or Roland Garros also added to this push to Carla Suárez. Her rivals on the circuit such as the Romanian Simona Halep or the Czech Petra Kvitová wrapped up the Gran Canaria in the same way as Carlos Sainz, a Formula One driver, and the footballers David de Gea, Lucas Vázquez or Arthur Melo. But also two of the greatest legends of Spanish sport: Rafa Nadal and Pau Gasol. “Much strength, we are with you,” wrote the Catalan. “A lot of strength Carla in these tough moments of life. Surely as you say with positivism, the strength you’ve always had and the necessary help you get. A big kiss,” added the Balearic tennis player. A sample of the affection that Carla Suárez awakens.
Last December, Suárez decided that this current season would be his last as a professional. In total, 16 years at the highest level where her name has been part of the awakening of women’s tennis in Spain after some hard years after the retirements of Arancha Sánchez Vicario and Conchita Martínez. The talent of the island tennis player exceeded her few centimeters to reach number six in the ranking in February 2016.
In his record, two titles: Doha (2016) and Oeiras (2014), in addition to three titles in doubles with Garbiñe Muguruza. Within the Grand Slam, Suárez has reached the quarterfinals seven times (three in Australia, two in Roland Garros and two others in the United States). In her career she has been a regular with Spain in the Federation Cup, in addition to playing the Olympic Games three times (Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016).