Spanish tennis ace Carla Suarez Navarro announced her retirement due to a Hodgkin Lymphoma diagnosis(cancer) earlier this year. It was shocking news for the whole tennis world, especially for her long time friend, teammate, and compatriot Garbine Muguruza.
On September 2, a day before her 32nd birthday former World No.6 publicly announced that she had cancer (Hodgkin’s Lymphoma) and began treatment.
After Garbine Muguruza heard the sad news, She met her fellow Carla Suarez Navarro in Barcelona after a couple of months. Before the catch-up, Muguruza dedicated her US Open first-round win to Navarro, supporting her friend all the way.
“I Found Her Very Well, Very Lively and With A Lot of Energy”, says Garbine Muguruza
However, the two-time Grand Slam champion was asked about her friend Navarro’s cancer diagnosis in a recent conversation with as.com.
“I found out before the US Open, and it was a shock because you never expect that someone so close, and a young and successful athlete will happen something like this. I talked to her a lot, and she told me what to do and what not to do. Then in Barcelona, she came to see me train and we saw each other several times. I found her very well, very lively and with a lot of energy”, World No.15 said.
Garbine continued, “I didn’t know what to expect, and it was an adrenaline rush for me. We all suffer from COVID, but this is a disease that affects her. It left a very good taste in my mouth to see how excited she is to recover and even play again.”
“I’ll wait for you here for whatever you want’, I said. If you want to come back, you have to help her so that from minute one because they throw a cable, they invite you to play in tournaments and whatever it takes,” Muguruza added.
Garbine and Suarez had played together in the WTA Tours. Spanish Women won three doubles titles and reached semi-finals at the 2014 French Open.