Serena Williams not only had to battle a sudden onset illness but has also been battling with rumors and the media. It had first been rumored that she was drunk while she was stumbling around at Wimbledon. She was missing serves, fumbling with the tennis [email protected], and didn’t seem to be herself. The media immediately jumped all over this and instead of thinking that she may be having a medical issue they speculated that she may have been drunk. Then the rumor mill started spreading around that she was on drugs. Then people were running around saying that the tennis pro was pregnant. Finally it was revealed that she was sick with a viral illness that struck suddenly.
Television tennis analyst Martina Navratilova didn’t buy that she had an actual illness. She stated that she didn’t know what was going on but she did know that it was not an illness. Williams made it clear to Sports Illustrated that she was not on drugs. She stated that she was scared of them and would never touch them. She also said that she was not pregnant and that although a baby would be great it was not the right time at the moment.
Williams was back on the court a few weeks after her illness. She got some rest and came back strong and ready to play. Unfortunately for Williams this is not the first time that she has had a serious medical issue that has prevented her from playing. In 2011 she was diagnosed with a hematoma (clotted blood that forms outside of the blood vessels) and was also diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung). An embolism is extremely serious and can be deadly if it is not treated right away with blood thinners and sometimes even catheterization. That tiny little clot or clots of blood in your airway may not seem like they are big enough to cause harm but they prevent oxygen from getting to your organs, they make it painful to breathe, and they can stop your heart with no warning or symptoms.