Alisa Kleybanova beats cancer, trains in Florida for Sony Ericsson Open


Our last update on Alisa Kleybanova’s recovery from Hodgkin’s lymphoma shared that the Russian had one more major medical test awaiting. In her new message to fans, on the WTA Tour’s official website, the 22-year-old said that her last tests all turned out positive and that she is now training on the tennis courts again, preparing for the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami for which she has been awarded a wildcard.

I finished my treatments in December and a couple of weeks ago I did my last tests in Italy. The treatments were successful, my doctors are happy with my health and I’m feeling great!

Kleybanova is now in Florida, ecstatic about resuming her tennis career.

I have started to train and right now I’m in Florida playing tennis again!!! It was physically really hard in the beginning, but it was so emotional that I didn’t want to get off the court 🙂 This is just amazing, I’m working out every day now and enjoying it so much more than before!

Good luck with your comeback, Alisa. Looking forward to seeing you play in Miami!

The two-time WTA titlist and former world No.20 Kleybanova was struck by the serious illness in the middle of 2011. The last match she played was in Rome in early May 2011. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)


  1. I didn’t expect her return to come so soon but it is really great news and I will be rooting for her to do well in Miami 🙂 Come on Alisa!

  2. I wish her all the best preparing to play some matches again! If you conquer such a disease, it could only give you more strength… Good luck!


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