Tennis star Serena Williams just can't catch a break. The Wimbledon champ is recovering from an emergency procedure for a hematoma caused by a pulmonary embolism (blood clot) in her lungs. This all after cutting her foot on some broken glass at a restaurant in Germany last year and having at least two operations on said foot! What the heck?!
A rep for Serena explained to People magazine:
Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism 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. Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications.
Serena herself even commented on the incident late last night, simply tweeting, "Tough day."
This poor woman! As if it wasn't stressful enough to be dealing with multiple foot surgeries, now this. Plus, there's the harrowing fact that these health battles aren't exactly doing wonders for her tennis career ...
Serena hasn't been able to compete in a match since she won Wimbledon last summer. She missed both the U.S. and Australian Opens, but had hopes of returning to play this spring at the French Open and, after that, Wimbledon again. She's now ranked #11 in the world because of her inactivity.
I'm not sure how tennis works as far as year-to-year cumulative results go ... I mean, if she were to take a sabbatical for the sake of her health through the rest of this year, would it really damage her career in the long haul? Because maybe all of these health woes are a sign that a real time-out is in order. It seems like when you're really run down, but you keep pushing to get up again -- even through your R&R time -- you'll never really fully recover.
I'm not saying she should take this all lying down. (Well, at the present moment, she should.) She's a spirited athlete and a fighter, obviously, and she should fight to recover fully ASAP. I just mean that maybe she shouldn't push herself too, too hard. I wonder what her doctors have to say about her getting back into the game as early as this spring? Is that safe, given this blood clot issue?
I also really hope that she's being given answers as to why she even got the blood clot in the first place! She's 29 years old and in incredible shape, right? So, what could have triggered this? Her surgeries? Drugs she's been put on for the surgeries? They better get to the bottom of all of this, so Serena can have the kind of recovery she deserves.
After all, she's America's only hope in the tennis world. We can't do it without her!
Do you think Serena should try to play this spring/summer or take a time-out for her health?
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