ROME (AP) —
Martina Navratilova is doing "OK" after being diagnosed with throat cancer and breast cancer.
"I've gone through a very difficult year but now I'm OK," the 18-time Grand Slam singles champion and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame said at the Italian Open on Sunday after receiving the "Racchetta d'Oro" (Golden Racket) award for her contributions to the sport.
The 66-year-old Navratilova said in January that her prognosis was good and that she was going to start treatment that month. She said then that she noticed an enlarged lymph node in her neck while attending the season-ending WTA Finals in Fort Worth, Texas, in November, and a biopsy showed early stage throat cancer.
While Navratilova was undergoing tests on her throat, she said, the unrelated, early stage breast cancer was discovered.
Navratilova returned to her work as a TV analyst at Tennis Channel in March, when in an interview with TalkTV's Piers Morgan, she said she was told by doctors that, "as far as they know, I'm cancer-free," and she should be "good to go" after some additional radiation treatment.