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Serena Williams Reflects on Life Threatening Injury

Serena Williams Reflects on Life Threatening Injury

Tennis star says mysterious illness started with a gash in Germany and nearly ended both her life and career.

Published June 13, 2011

During her break from tennis, Serena Williams says she feared for her career and her life. It started with a gash on her foot in Germany. “To this day I don't really know the full details of what happened," Williams told BBC. I was with my nephew and my hitting partner and we were just leaving a restaurant.” She added, “I was walking and just felt something. I kept walking and it was definitely glass there. There was a massive puddle of blood. I ended up fainting and needed stitches in both feet."

 

"If it had been left two days later it could have been career-ending—or even worse," she said. "They told me I had several blood clots in both lungs. A lot of people die from that." She revealed that her pain lingered. "It got to the stage where it felt like I could hardly breathe. Some days I didn't get out of bed at all. I just laid on a couch thinking 'Why has this happened to me?'

 

After two surgeries, Williams is back and more appreciative than ever of her illustrious career. "This has given me a whole new perspective on life and my career—and not taking anything for granted," Williams said. "I'm just taking one day at a time. I'm not preparing for today or for Wimbledon. I'm preparing for the rest of my career."

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Written by Michael Arceneaux

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