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LOS ANGELES: Serena Williams, a former World No. 1 and a 13-time Grand Slam singles champion, had emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from her lungs, a representative for the tennis star said Wednesday.
Nicole Chabot told People magazine that the 29-year-old American underwent an emergency operation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday and continues to be hospitalized so physicians can monitor her recovery.
"On Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation," Chabot told the magazine.
"Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism 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.
"Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications."
Williams has undergone two operations on her right foot since it was cut by glass at a restaurant. She has not played a top-level match since capturing the Wimbledon title last July.
In a message on Twitter, Williams posted the note "Tough day" just after midnight Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. — AFP
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