PARIS: Corina Morariu lost a tennis match on Thursday – but in remission from a leukaemia nightmare which struck in 2001 the 25-year-old American was still able to draw many positives from her 6-1, 6-1 loss to Argentine Paola Suarez at the French Open.
She was still smiling through even after the defeat Lina Krasnoroutskaya and Elena Dementieva of Russia inflicted on her and doubles partner Rennae Stubbs barely two hours after Suarez had booked the centre court tussle with Belgian second seed Kim Clijsters that Morariu had ideally hoped to land for herself.
Morariu had scored her first Grand Slam win in three years on Tuesday, beating 44th-ranked Daja Bedanova of the Czech Republic in three sets – but Suarez sent her packing in just 45 min.
Defeat, for once, did not taste so bitter for Morariu, who still has to endure three-monthly bone marrow check ups and oral chemotherapy.
“It's obviously great to be back – the feeling is difficult to put into words,” said Morariu. – AFP