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Serena Williams returns home after being hospitalized for blood clot

March 2, 2011 |  3:08 pm

Serena Williams hospitalized for pulmonary embolism Tennis star Serena Williams is recuperating at home after being hospitalized Monday for a blood clot in her lungs, which her doctor called a pulmonary embolism.

The 29-year-old athlete received emergency medical treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles just a day after she dolled up for Sunday's Academy Awards.

She tweeted: "Tough day...." late Tuesday night, and her tennis publicist Jill Smoller responded later with "This, too, shall pass."

"Serena did indeed suffer from a pulmonary embolism last week, and the hematoma was another unexpected scare," spokeswoman Nicole Chabot said in a statement on Wednesday. "Thankfully everything was caught in time. With continued doctor visits to monitor her situation, she is recuperating at home under strict medical supervision."

"Thank you everyone for all of your prayers, concerns, and support," Williams said in the statement.

"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."

Williams has not played tennis professionally since she injured her foot by stepping on glass at restaurant soon after she won her fourth title at Wimbledon in July. Her older sister is tennis player Venus Williams.

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-- Nardine Saad
Twitter.com/NardineSaad

Photo: Serena Williams arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Sunday. Credit: Craig Barritt / Getty Images

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