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Report: Serena Williams Suffers Pulmonary Embolism

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LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Tennis star Serena Williams underwent “emergency treatment” Monday, days after doctors discovered a blood clot in her lungs, People magazine reported.

Spokeswoman Nicole Chabot told the magazine that Williams “underwent emergency treatment for a hematoma suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation.”

Williams suffered from a pulmonary embolism last week, Chabot said. The 29-year-old Williams is being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

“Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications,” Chabot told the magazine.

The tennis star also issued a statement: “Thank you everyone for all of your prayers, concerns, and support. 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. I know I will be ok, but am praying and hoping this will all be behind me soon. While I can’t make any promises now on my return, I hope to be back by early summer. That said, my main goal is to make sure I get there safely.”

The winner of 13 Grand Slam titles, Williams attended Sunday night’s Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party.

On Tuesday night, Williams posted on her Twitter account “Tough day.” A few minutes later she retweeted Kim Kardashian.

Williams has been sidelined by two operations on her right foot after getting cut by glass at a restaurant, and has not played a competitive match since winning Wimbledon on July 3.

Chabot also told the magazine that the embolism was discovered after she returned to Los Angeles from New York “for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot.”

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