Kleybanova will make WTA return in Miami

Russia’s Alisa Kleybanova confirmed Wednesday her return to women’s tennis, eight months after she was diagnosed with cancer.

Kleybanova’s promising career was halted last July, on her 22nd birthday, when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

But she will return to the court next month after receiving the all-clear.

"I finished my treatments in December and a couple of weeks ago I did my last tests in Italy. The treatments were successful, my doctors are happy with my health and I’m feeling great," Kleybanova told the WTA website.

The former world No. 20 will make her comeback at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami after receiving a wildcard entry.

"I have started to train and right now I’m in Florida playing tennis again," she added. "It was physically really hard in the beginning, but it was so emotional that I didn’t want to get off the court. This is just amazing, I’m working out every day now and enjoying it so much more than before!"

Kleybanova, who won two WTA singles titles along with five WTA doubles crowns, will return to the sport ranked No. 167 in world.