After ten months of Hodgkin’s lymphoma treatment, healthy Alisa Kleybanova celebrated a victorious return to tennis after a 2-6 6-3 6-2 win over world No.64 Johanna Larsson in the first round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. Motivated and emotional Kleybanova enjoyed every point on the court, even in the set she lost.
The Russian missed the excitement of tennis competition a lot and now she percieves her job from a different perspective, she wants to stay positive and enjoy the moment regardless of the score. That attitude helped her move ahead after losing the first set against Larsson.
Compatriot Maria Kirilenko will be Kleybanova’s opponent in the second round.
Congratulations, Alisa! Take it one match at a time and stay healthy and smiling! (photo: John Bolan)