Schiavone over the moon after beating cancer
Former French Open champions Francesca Schiavone admits she has a zest for life after overcoming cancer.
The Italian, now 39, retired following the 2018 US Open after a career during which she won eight WTA titles, with her Roland Garros triumph nine years ago the undoubted highlight.
The Milan-born ace beat Australia's Samantha Stosur to claim the Paris crown and her last tournament success came in Colombia two years ago.
Schiavone broke the news on social media on Friday that she had undergone successful chemotherapy.
"The best thing is that I was able to win this fight," she tweeted. "When I was told about it some days ago, I was so happy, and now I live of happiness.
"I am already happy to face new projects whom I had, but could not achieve. I fought a tough battle and now I am still breathing.
"I am now back in action. When they told me a few days ago, I exploded with happiness and I still live with happiness today. I can cut it with a knife."
Marion Bartoli, Wimbledon champion in 2013, responded by tweeting: "I wish you the best of luck in this battle. Come on champion, you got this."
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