Wimbledon 2014: Young American Qualifier Says she has Cancer

Victoria Duval, at 18, will make her debut in top 100 of WTA rankings but has revealed that she will be away from tennis competitions briefly as she has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

updated: July 05, 2014 13:49 IST
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Victoria Duval
Victoria Duval is at least the third tennis player in the last four years to receive a diagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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Wimbledon: Having reached the second round of Wimbledon as a qualifier, 18-year-old American Victoria Duval will make her debut in the top 100 of the WTA rankings Monday, the next step in what has been a steady climb up the rankings.

On Friday afternoon, however, she released an unsettling statement through her management company, IMG.

"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. "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."

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