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Ben Rothenberg - August 2015
Victoria Duval was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma last year at the age of 18 and just a day before her first qualifying match at Wimbledon. Despite the news, she continued to play all 3 matches and qualified for Wimbledon. She competed in Wimbledon in October, weakened by chemotherapy. This week, Duval is returning to the court, 13 months since her last match. She is hoping to earn a spot at the U.S. Open this year.
“I didn’t really realize how brave I was until I came home and everyone in my family and my friends, they told me that if they got told the same thing the day before they had to play a match, they wouldn’t have been able to finish, because that’s like the biggest emotional blow you can hear. To me, I was just thinking that I needed to keep winning so I didn’t go home. For me, to keep playing was easier.”
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Original source: www.nytimes.com