Just hours after glamming up for the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party Sunday night, Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment for a complication from a blood clot in her lung Monday, her rep tells Usmagazine.com.
"Serena did indeed suffer from a pulmonary embolism last week, and the hematoma was another unexpected scare that was subsequently removed (on Monday)," says the rep. "Thankfully everything was caught in time."
"Thank you everyone for all of your prayers, concerns, and support," Williams tells Us in a statement. "This has been extremely hard, scary, and disappointing. I am doing better now and working with my doctors to keep everything under control."
Williams added she hopes to put the ordeal behind her and be back on the court by early summer.
"That said," Williams adds. "My main goal is to make sure I get there safely."
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