Serena Williams Suffers Pulmonary Embolism

The tennis star undergoes emergency treatment following complications from a blood clot in her lungs

Tennis star Serena Williams had been spotted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles several times over the past week -- and now we know why. Williams' rep confirms to People that the 29-year-old athlete "underwent emergency treatment at Cedars for a hematoma she suffered as a result of a more critical situation."

That "more critical situation" was a blood clot in Williams' lungs, also known as a pulmonary embolism. "Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism, which was discovered upon her return to L.A.," Chabot explains. "She had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot."

This past July, Williams foot was badly cut when, during a trip to Munich, she stepped on shards of broken glass while wearing sandals. The athlete has undergone physical therapy and treatment for the damage done by the incident.

Sunday evening, the night prior to her hospitalization, Williams attended Elton John's AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party. The tennis ace looked glamorous for the occasion, but we know even this famously fit female has body insecurities like the rest of us.

Williams' rep adds that "doctors are continuing to monitor her situation to avoid additional complications." We wish her a speedy recovery and hope to see her back on the court -- and the red carpet -- in no time!

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