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.