Sh*t Was Really Real: Serena Williams Opens Up About The Mystery Illness That Almost Took Her Out The Game

Serena Williams Essence magazine

The world almost lost the beautiful asset that is Serena Williams over the past year.

And in a recent interview with the BBC, Serena says she still doesn’t exactly know how it got that bad.

The four-time Wimbledon champ claims no one is sure how the illness began, but said it may have started from a cut on her foot.

“To this day I don’t really know the full details of what happened,” she said. “I was with my nephew and my hitting partner and we were just leaving a restaurant. 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.”

It was then that the injury took a life-threatening turn.

“At first people said it would be fine, it would be all right but it turned out to be a lot more serious,” she said. “If it had been left two days later it could have been career-ending — or even worse. They told me I had several blood clots in both lungs. A lot of people die from that.”

She continued, “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?'”

Serena has found the silver lining now that she’s fully recovered.

“This has given me a whole new perspective on life and my career — and not taking anything for granted,” she 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.”

We bet she’s about to have a hell of a season.


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