Tennis legend Chris Evert announced the return of her ovarian cancer in a statement Friday.

The tennis Hall of Famer and on-air ESPN announcer was,

First diagnosed with an early stage of ovarian cancer 2 years ago.

She announced that she was cancer-free in January.

 “My cancer is back,” Evert, 68, said in a statement shared by ESPN,

“While this is a diagnosis I never wanted to hear, 

I once again feel fortunate that it was caught early.”

 Cancer cells were found in the same pelvic region as her previous diagnosis, Evert shared,

Including, that all the cells were removed and she began another round of chemotherapy.

 Evert will not be joining her colleagues in Melbourne to cover the Australian Open.

“But I’ll be ready for the rest of the Grand Slam season!

I encourage everyone to know your family history and

 Advocate for yourself,” Evert said. “Early detection saves lives.”