Serena Williams Suffers Blood Clot

Serena Williams underwent emergency surgery earlier this week after a blood clot was found in her lungs, the tennis star’s rep confirmed to People Magazine on Wednesday.

In a statement, Williams’ rep, Nicole Chabot, said that the multiple Grand Slam winner had the emergency surgery on Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. “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,” Chabot said.

Prior to Chabot’s statement, Williams was seen looking healthy when she attended the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday. Williams, 29, was reportedly seen at Cedars several times last week. Chabot said “doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications.” Williams has not played a tournament since she suffered a serious foot injury in July last year. She missed this year’s first Grand Slam event, the Australian Open, and has dropped to No. 12 in the world ranking,