By HOWARD FENDRICH
AP Tennis Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - 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 at a major tournament for the first time in 2½ years.
When she sets foot on Court 7 against Monica Puig at the U.S. Open on Monday, Kleybanova will be competing in a Grand Slam match for the first time since the 2011 Australian Open. The 24-year-old Russian, once ranked as high as 20th, was forced off the tour while being treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of blood cancer.
Says Kleybanova: "It's nice to be back on the court, obviously, but for me, I don't just want to play tennis.I want to win."
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"The Star-Spangled Banner" played over Boylston Street in honor of an American winner of the Boston Marathon. One year after a bombing there killed three people and left more than 260 injured, Meb Keflezighi added Boston to a resume that includes the New York City Marathon title in 2009 and a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics. Running just two weeks before his 39th birthday, he had the names of the 2013 bombing victims on his bib.