Young American Tennis Player Diagnosed with Hodgkin's

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Victoria Duval, the 18-year-old American tennis player who last week lost in the second round at Wimbledon, has announced she has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"It is with a heavy heart that I will have to step away from tennis competition for a short period," she said in a statement.

It has been reported that her cancer has been caught in early-stage, that she will begin treatment immediately, and that her doctors believe her prognosis is very good.

Duval learned of her diagnosis following the first round of qualifying at Wimbledon. In that round, Duval beat 29th seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romani. In the next round, she lost to Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.

Duval is no stranger to turmoil. When she was 7, while growing up in Haiti, she and some of her cousins were taken hostage. And in 2010, her father was injured under some collapsed rubble following the major earthquake in that country.

Duval joins fellow young tennis players Ross Hutchins and Alisa Kleybanova in receiving a Hodgkin's diagnosis.

Source: Boston Herald

Photo credit: Christian Mesiano

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