Tennis Great Serena Williams Hospitalized for Pulmonary Embolism

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Serena Williams was hospitalized Monday night after a blood clot was found near her lung.

Following several check-ups with doctors over the past week, the star athlete has reportedly undergone an emergency surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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“Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation,” her rep Nicole Chabot told People. “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.”

Williams has not played a competitive tennis match since winning Wimbledon July 3. She has been sidelined since cutting her foot on broken glass in a restaurant. She has received two surgeries on her foot since. The 29-year-old has won 13 Grand Slams, including both the 2010 Australian Open and Wimbledon titles.

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