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Martina Navratilova says she's cancer free: 'What a relief'

Martina Navratilova, the retired tennis great who won 18 Grand Slam singles titles during her illustrious career, announced Monday recent tests have shown that she is cancer free.

The 66-year-old said she had a full day of testing at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the results have come back clean.

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Martina Navratilova gets the golden racket

Former Czech tennis player Martina Navratilova receives the golden racket during the Italian tennis internationals at the Foro Italico in Rome May 21, 2023. (Massimo Insabato/Archivio Massimo Insabato/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

“Thank you to all the doctors, nurses, proton and radiation magicians etc- what a relief,” she wrote on Twitter.

She noticed an enlarged lymph node in her neck back in November and a biopsy revealed the early stage throat cancer. She felt well enough to return to her TV work with the Tennis Channel by the Miami Open in March.

Navratilova is considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time – up there on the Mount Rushmore list with Serena Williams, Chris Evert, Billie Jean King and Margaret Court. She was ranked No. 1 in the world for 332 weeks and won 59 major titles across singles, doubles and mixed doubles competitions.

Martina Navratilova shields her face

Martina Navratilova in London in 2004. (Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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