Serena Williams Defies Death, Ready for Eastbourne

Tennis all-star Serena Williams will play her first match today – Tuesday, June 14 against Tsvetana Pironkova on the courts of Eastbourne after spending nearly 12 months incapacitated by a cut to her foot last July and a pulmonary embolism discovered in March, according to the Guardian.

“I was on my death bed at one point – quite literally. I’ve had a serious illness but at first I didn’t appreciate that,” said Williams of the multiple, life-threatening blood clots that were found in her lungs in March.

“It got to the stage where it felt like I could hardly breathe. Some days I didn’t get out of bed at all. I just laid on a couch thinking why has this happened to me? The second surgery [on her lung] was tough, more mentally tough than a lot of things I’ve been through, including my sister dying. This has given me a whole new perspective on life and my career – and not taking anything for granted. I’m just taking one day at a time. I’m not preparing for today or for Wimbledon. I’m preparing for the rest of my career,” she continued.

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Now looking back to her true form, seen here at The AEGON International at Eastbourne Press Conference, Williams (unlike some other tennis pro’s now focused on being The Biggest Loser) is ready to come back to tennis and is already the fan favorite for Wimbledon.

“Last year at Wimbledon was great. I just played so amazingly well and I want to get back to that. I definitely expect to do that, to hopefully peak in the second week at Wimbledon but at the moment I do not have too much expectation. We’ll see in my first match. I’m just so happy to be back in competition,” said Williams.