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United States' women’s tennis player Victoria Duval, 18, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer of the white bloods cells, and is the most common type of cancer amongst young people. According to the NY Daily News, most people diagnosed with this cancer overcome it. Duval was lucky enough to catch the cancer in its very early stages, and is expected to make a full recovery.
Duval was diagnosed prior to Wimbledon in England and had more tests in the U.S. that confirmed the diagnosis, according to ESPN.
In a statement, Duval said that she will have to step away from competition for a short period. She stated that she received the diagnosis prior to her first round qualifying at Wimbledon, but wanted to continue to compete.
Last year at the U.S. Open, Duval ranked 298, beating Sam Stosur, a former US Open winner and the 11 seed, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. She lost in the second round at Wimbledon last week.