Fox Sports reports that Serena Williams under went emergency treatment for a blood clot on her lungs that resulted in a hematoma.
Statement from Serena Williams publicist regarding her condition. Thanks to Tennis Panorama for posting the complete statement.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Statement Regarding Serena Williams’ Recent Health Scare
(Los Angeles, CA – March 2, 2011) – “Serena did indeed suffer from a pulmonary embolism last week, and the hematoma was another unexpected scare. Thankfully everything was caught in time. With continued doctor visits to monitor her situation, she is recuperating at home under strict medical supervision.”
Says Serena, “Thank you everyone for all of your prayers, concerns, and support. This has been extremely hard, scary, and disappointing. I am doing better, I’m at home now and working with my doctors to keep everything under control. I know I will be ok, but am praying and hoping this will all be behind me soon. While I can’t make any promises now on my return, I hope to be back by early summer. That said, my main goal is to make sure I get there safely.”
She will undoubtedly be on blood thinners for awhile. While on blood thinners she can't work out so I think saying she will be back by early summer is ambitious to say the least. Still waiting for a statement from the WTA.
Tennis ace Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at a hospital after suffering a blood clot in her lungs, People magazine reported Wednesday.
Williams, 29, turned out for Elton John's AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, however her health took a turn for the worse Monday.
"Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars [Medical Center] for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation," a representative for Williams, Nicole Chabot, told the magazine.
"Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs) which was discovered upon her return to L.A. She had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot," she added.
The former world No. 1 was aiming to return to the court after an extended break from the game due to injury in time for the French Open in May.
Williams recently had a cast removed from her right foot and was due to begin training soon. She had surgery after cutting her foot on broken glass after her win at Wimbledon last July.
Williams, currently ranked 12th in the world, has won 37 WTA titles.
Doctors were continuing to monitor her condition closely Wednesday.
Serena we love you. Get yourself completely healthy before even thinking about returning to tennis.