Serena Williams Hospitalized After Suffering Pulmonary Embolism

by Staff | March 2nd, 2011, 10:50 am

Just days after making the rounds at the Oscars, tennis great Serena Williams was hospitalized Monday to undergo emergency treatment for a pulmonary embolism.

People Magazine reported today that Serena has been in and out of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles the past week.

“Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation,” Serena’s spokesperson Nicole Chabot said to People. “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.”

Doctors are monitoring the situation.

The 29-year-old has been an active user on twitter. She recently tweeted: “Tough day…” late last night.

The former No. 1 has not played a since injuring her foot just after her Wimbledon title run last year. After having her cast recently removed, the latest rumor had Serena returning for the French Open.


“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 okay 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.”

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21 Comments for Serena Williams Hospitalized After Suffering Pulmonary Embolism

Kimberly Says:

Holy SH*********!!!!!!

margot Says:

poor, poor Serena. I wish her a complete recovery.

killerc Says:

Whoa that’s more serious than a foot issue… Truly wish America’s best female tennis player well. Is this all from stepping on glass or from something else?!? Craziness.

madmax Says:

Awful news. I just heard it at work. Nasty.

At least she was well enough to twitter – so hopefully serena will recover very soon. I dont know how reasonable it is to assume that she won’t be coming back to tennis for a while longer. I had thought/heard she had started training again – seems the reports were wrong.

What a shocker.

steve-o Says:

This is horrible! Best wishes to Serena.

Anna Says:

This is sad. Hope she recuperates quickly. She must REALLY miss being on the tennis court.

skeezerweezer Says:

Get well soon Serena. All the best….

jane Says:

Scary – hope she recovers soon.

Lulu Iberica Says:

I’m worried for Serena, was even before this. Please get well, Serena, whether you plan on returning to the court or not. (But I really, really hope you are returning!)

dari Says:

Here’s to a full recovery for serena. That can be life threatening, so I hope its not too severe and that she has a healthy and happy recovery.

Diane Says:

“I had thought/heard she had started training again – seems the reports were wrong.”

Those reports were correct, madmax. She was training her upper body on a court even before she had the boot removed. The symptoms of a pulmonary embolism come about suddenly. Williams had an immobile foot for a long time, and she also flew in a plane. That made her more likely to develop a p.e.

Kimmi Says:

get well soon serena. i must admit i have missed her on court

contador Says:

hm…..i haven’t been following serena’s injury or treatment.

but serena, wta isn’t the same without you. take good care and come back when you are ready.

hey, what’s up Kimberly? did you go to del ray?

Kimberly Says:

Hey condor, ended up playing matches sat and Sunday so no delray. Weather was gorgeous, decided preferred to play than watch! Sony ericson soon enough.

The pro at our club ponies up some sick seats too, my little ones very excited to see their man. Weve been attending a fair amount of Miami heat games so I am trying to explain the etiquette is different for tennis. If you see a woman in a Nike sharapova tennis dress being escorted out on tv with two kids you will know its me.

The Serena thing is really bothersome. And sad. She is truly one of the best players ever, it would be a shame to see her career end so suddenly.

contador Says:

LOL, on the etiquette different for tennis than a heat game. good luck with that. okay, will look for the nike sharapova dress and kids but be sure and wave to the cameras …

bet the kiddies aren’t any more excited than mom to see rafa :D

atp 1000 series bracket challenge starting the year off soon. i’m stoked to get hosed!! can’t wait!

yeah, the serena situation sounds complicated. very sad news. scary.

Huh Says:

We Miss You Serena.

Get Well Soon Champion…

madmax Says:

Serena to start training again in early Summer.

skeezerweezer Says:


Thanks for that. Sounds like she’ll be ok :)

skeezerweezer Says:

Serena update…this was scary sh1t! :( and surgery? Get well Serena!

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