The Italian, 39, posted an emotional message on social media stating she had been diagnosed with a tumour back in June, but is now ready to start "new projects" after undergoing chemotherapy and winning the “fight”.

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“I’ll tell you what happened in the past seven months of my life. They diagnosed me with a malignant tumour, it was the toughest battle I ever faced in my life,” Schiavone said.

“But the best thing about it is that I have managed to win this fight. And when they told me a few days ago, I exploded with happiness and I still live with happiness today. I can cut it with a knife.

“I’m ready with my heart and my mind to start new projects I had planned, but I never got round to. So we’ll see each other really soon. I’m really happy of who I am today.”

Schiavone reached fourth in the world rankings, and won the French Open back in 2010.

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