ROME (AP) — Martina Navratilova is doing “fine” after being diagnosed with throat cancer and breast cancer.

“I’ve been through a very difficult year, but now I’m fine,” the 18-time Grand Slam 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) for his contributions to the sport.

Navratilova, 66, said in January that her prognosis was good and that she would start treatment that month. She said then that she noticed an enlarged lymph node in her neck while she was attending the season finale WTA Finals in Fort Worth, Texas, in November, and a biopsy showed early-stage throat cancer.

Martina Navratilova, 18-time Grand Slam champion and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, waves after receiving the Racchetta d’Oro (Golden Racket) award from the Italian Tennis Federation before the final men’s tennis match at the Italian Open. tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, on Sunday, May 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

While Navratilova was undergoing tests on her throat, she said, the unrelated early-stage breast cancer was discovered.

Navratilova returned to her job as a TV analyst at the Tennis Channel in March, when in an interview with TalkTV’s Piers Morgan, she said doctors told her “as far as they know I don’t have cancer” and she must be “good to go” after some additional radiation treatment.

Navratilova delivered her acceptance speech in Italian to the Campo Centrale crowd.

“Tennis gave me an amazing life for which I am very grateful,” she said. “I always tried to give something back when I was playing, and also in retirement.”