Serena Williams Speaks Out on 'Scary' Blood Clot

UPDATED 03/03/2011 at 03:00 AM EST Originally published 03/02/2011 at 04:00 PM EST

Serena Williams Blood Clot
Serena Williams
John Parra/WireImage
Serena Williams was recently treated for a frightening pulmonary embolism, but the tennis ace is home now and says she's "doing better."

Still, she says, it's been a tough week. After the embolism, she had also sought emergency treatment for a hematoma on Monday.

"Thank you everyone for all of your prayers, concerns, and support," the star, 29, tells PEOPLE in a statement. "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."





Williams also says it will be a while before she's entirely healthy again.

"I know I will be okay, but am praying and hoping this will all be behind me soon," she said. "While I can't make any promises now on my return [to tennis], I hope to be back by early summer. That said, my main goal is to make sure I get there safely."

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."

Please note: Comments have been suspended temporarily as we explore better ways to serve you. Your opinion is important to us; you can find current discussions at facebook.com/peoplemag.

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Lupita Nyong'o: Most Beautiful!
  • Lupita Nyong'o: Most Beautiful!
  • Chelsea Clinton is Pregnant!
  • Exclusive Royal Tour Diary

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters