- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2011

PERUGIA, ITALY (AP) - Former top-20 tennis player Alisa Kleybanova is receiving treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer.

In a posting on the WTA’s website Friday _ her 22nd birthday _ Kleybanova said there’s a chance she’ll be able to play again. She is being treated at a hospital in Italy because she has a training base and close friends there, “so it’s like home.”

The Russian reached a career-high No. 20 ranking in February, but has been off the tour since May and now is No. 28.

She said: “I miss seeing fans and friends around the world, I miss hitting the ball, I miss everything. Tennis has been my life for the last 15 years.”

The WTA called Kleybanova “very strong and optimistic” and wished her a “speedy and full recovery.”

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide