Martina Navratilova, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, has been diagnosed with two forms of cancer. The 66-year-old said doctors diagnosed her with Stage 1 throat cancer as well as an unrelated form of breast cancer. "This double whammy is serious but still fixable, and I'm hoping for a favorable outcome," she told and added "It's going to stink for a while, but I'll fight with all [I've] got." It is not the first time the 18-times Grand Slam singles champion has been diagnosed with cancer -- in 2010 she had breast cancer but was assessed as being clear six months later.
Navratilova has won more singles tournaments, doubles events and matches than any male or female tennis player since the Open Era began in 1968. Born in Czechoslovakia, she became a U.S. citizen in 1981, and has been a major title holder since 1975, when she won in doubles at the French Open. She has been named the Women's Tennis Association's "Tour Player of the Year" seven times, and has been ranked by several news and sports organizations as one of the best athletes of specific years and of the century.
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