TENNIS legend Chris Evert has shared a heartbreaking health update after revealing her sister’s death saved her life.
Evert, 67, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer back in January and continues to speak out about her battle.
“In tennis you can control a situation,” Evert said in a new Good Morning America segment.
“You can’t control something like that.
“Thousands and thousands of people have cancer. I’m just like everyone else.”
Evert, an 18-time Grand Slam winner, said her younger sister’s death from ovarian cancer forced her to undergo genetic testing, which led to her own diagnosis.
“I just feel so lucky,” Evert said of the call from her sister’s geneticist, who informed her that a new mutation had been found in her BRCA gene.
“The death of my sister saved my life.”
She underwent a preventive hysterectomy last December, during which doctors discovered a malignant tumor in her fallopian tube.
Evert was diagnosed with stage 1 ovarian cancer after surgery and additional tests.
She has survived six rounds of chemotherapy so far on her cancer journey, according to the Good Morning America segment.
The tennis champion also opened up about her treatment process and growing wig collection, saying she has different colors, one styled longer and a ponytail.
“I can do a braid if I want,” she said.
Evert first spoke about her battle with cancer in an article written by a friend for ESPN in February.
“I’ve lived a very charming life,” she said in the story.
“Now I have some challenges ahead of me. But I’m reassured to know that chemotherapy is to ensure the cancer doesn’t come back.
“As someone who has always been in control of my life, I have no idea how I will respond to chemotherapy.
“I have to give in to something higher.”
A SISTER’S LEGACY
Evert’s sister Jeanne Evert Dubin died of ovarian cancer in 2020 at the age of 62.
By the time Jeanne – also a former professional tennis player – went to see a doctor, the cancer had spread.
Evert said after her diagnosis that her sister would be the center of her thoughts during the six rounds of chemotherapy.
“When I go into chemo, she is my inspiration.
“I’ll think of her. And she’ll see me through it.”
dr Joel Cardenas is Everts’ surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic Florida near her hometown of Fort Lauderdale.
He said back in January: “70 to 80 percent of ovarian cancer is diagnosed at stage 3 or 4.
“Ovarian cancer is rare. However, if a patient has a family history, we recommend genetic testing and counseling.”
Evert won her first Grand Slam at the French Open in 1974 before adding her first Wimbledon title as part of her 55-match winning streak weeks later.
She ended her incredible career in 1989 with 157 singles titles, including seven French Opens, six US Opens, three Wimbledons, two Australian Opens and eight Fed Cup triumphs with the USA.
The seven-time year-end top player also reached 16 other Grand Slam singles finals.
Her staggering win rate ended up at 1309-146 – or 90 percent.
Of these, 80 matches were against Martina Navratilova as the pair had an excellent rivalry and Evert won 37 of their competitions.
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