After a difficult 6-4, 6-4 victory over Nao Hibino, Garbiñe Muguruza’s joy at reaching the second round of the US Open quickly gave way to grief.
During Muguruza’s match it became known that lymphoma was discovered in her Spanish compatriot Carla Suárez Navarro. The 31-year-old former elite player herself announced this on Twitter.
The 31-year-old Suárez Navarro, who is now number 71 in the world, signed up for the US Open last week with health complaints. She will have to undergo chemotherapy in the next few months.
Navarro, who appeared seven times in the quarter-finals of a grand slam tournament, was planning to end her career at the end of this year.
Many colleagues are responding to Navarro’s Twitter message and wish her a speedy recovery. Muguruza dedicated her victory to her at a press conference. “She told me a few days ago. It makes me so sad that such a sweet person is going through this.”
On Twitter, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Kim Clijsters, Madison Keys, Juan Martin del Potro, Raemon Sluiter and others left a message with Suárez Navarro.