Kleybanova Named Comeback Tennis Player of the Year

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The World Tennis Association (WTA) has announced its Comeback Player of the Year award for 2013. The winner is Alisa Kleybanova, the young Russian woman diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011.

Kleybanova was a top 20-ranked tennis player when she received the diagnosis in 2011. Although she would take part in a WTA event in 2012 following completion of her treatment, it was the only event of the year for her. She spent the remainder of that time recovering and preparing herself for the tour.

A positive comeback

This year, Kleybanova has found her way all the way back to the tour, first competing in international federation events before playing WTA events in Moscow, Toronto, Cincinnati and the U.S. Open.

She won four of her eight WTA matches while also playing in the Fed Cup for Russia.

Said Kleybanova:

I just have to stay positive about things, have a nice off-season, train hard, stay healthy, stay away from injuries, and just have a good preparation over the next weeks to get ready for the new season. And after that, I hope to play the 2014 season from the first month to the last month.

Source: WTA

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