The 29-year-old American was hospitalized last Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with a pulmonary embolism.
Her rep revealed the information to People: “Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation. Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism [a blood clot in the lungs] which was discovered upon her return to L.A.”
Absent for seven months after her victory at Wimbledon, Serena Williams injured her foot after being cut in a Munich restaurant with broken glass in July 2010. Back from New York where she had consulted a specialist, she hinted that she would participate in the upcoming Roland Garros.
That was when her pulmonary embolism was diagnosed.
Reports say that she is home now and says she’s “doing better.” The tennis ace released a statement that reads: “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.”
Her rep also says in a statement, “Thankfully everything was caught in time. With continued doctor visits to monitor her situation, she is recuperating at home under strict medical supervision.”