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Duval Diagnosed With Hodgkin's

Vicky Duval, one of the fastest-rising stars on the WTA, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, and will be stepping away from tennis competition for a short period to fight the battle.

Published July 04, 2014 12:14

Duval Diagnosed With Hodgkin's
Vicky Duval

The tennis world received some terrible news on Friday, as Vicky Duval announced she has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. The American teenager was diagnosed after a biopsy was taken in England before Wimbledon, and further tests back in the United States have confirmed the results.

"It is with a heavy heart that I will have to step away from tennis competition for a short period after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma," Duval said in a statement on Friday.

"I received the news after my first round of qualifying at Wimbledon but decided to continue to compete. Being on court provided me with much comfort. I have complete faith that God will assist me and my family with all that we need, to achieve victory and become stronger from this journey. I intend to put up my best fight and have a full recovery. I picture myself healthy, stronger and competing again soon with even more appreciation for the game I so love. I am grateful in advance to my fans and friends for their support and positive thoughts while I will undergo my treatment and fight this battle."

Hodgkin's lymphoma is the most common form of cancer in adolescents and fortunately it was caught in a very early stage. Duval will undergo treatment right away and due to her overall good health and isolation of the cancer, the prognosis is encouraging - a full recovery in a few months.

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