Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 8/25/13
Alisa Kleybanova could be forgiven for simply being happy to be here, as the old sports cliche goes. Happy to be rid of cancer. Happy to be playing tennis. Happy to be participating in a major tournament, something she last did 2-1/2 years ago. When she sets foot on Court 7 against Monica Puig at the US Open on Monday, Kleybanova will be competing in a Grand Slam match for the first time since the Australian Open in January 2011. Soon after, Kleybanova was forced off the tour while receiving treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of blood cancer. ''It's nice to be back on the court, obviously, but for me, I don't just want to play tennis,'' the Russian in an interview Sunday. ''I want to win.'' Kleybanova, now 24, turned pro shortly after turning 14 and made quick strides, reaching No. 20 in the WTA rankings, winning two titles, earning more than $2 million and advancing to the fourth round at two Grand Slams in singles, as well as the semifinals of the 2009 U.S. Open in doubl...
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