Huddle around, Sports Fans. One of the nation’s leading tennis aces could use your good vibes.
Serena Williams has been hospitalized in Los Angeles after suffering a pulmonary embolism — loosely translated a “blood clot in the lungs” — a rep for the racket-wielder tells PEOPLE.com.
Shortly after leaving Sir Elton John’s Annual Oscar Watching Party/AIDS Foundation Benefit on Sunday night, Serena, 29, was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for emergency treating of hematoma [collection of blood within the tissue] “she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation.”
Williams — who suffered an injury to the foot on the court late last year — had been spotted at hospital several times over the past week.
“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’ publicist added. “Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications.”
Serena was tapped The Associated Press’ Athlete of the Year in 2009.