The injuries that kept Serena Williams off the track for a year

At 40 years of age, one of the most successful tennis players in history returned to the courts on English grass. Although she did not have the dream comeback, she wants to leave behind a series of physical problems that affected her for a long time.

Last update: 01 July, 2022

Each edition of Wimbledon is special; There’s no doubt about it. However, this year was marked, among other things, by the return of Serena Williams, affected by injuries that kept her out of competition for 363 days.

The return of the youngest of the Williams sisters is not a minor fact for this tournament. In the “cathedral of tennis”, the American was consecrated no less than 7 times. In addition, she holds the record for being the youngest champion, at 16 years old, in the 1998 mixed doubles.

Despite its undeniable laurels, it is a reality that time passes for everyone. At 40 years of age, the tennis player had to fight against some injuries to be able to finish his career as an athlete, competing as he deserves.

The injury that left Serena Williams a year without competing

Serena Williams returns to step on the lawn of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, where Wimbledon is disputed, after 363 days. In that same tournament, in 2021, she had an injury to her right leg that forced her to withdraw in the first round.

More precisely, Williams suffered a torn hamstring muscle. This type of injury consists of the rupture of the fibers that make up a muscle.

It is a problem that It is usually given by a sudden, abrupt or repeated contraction of the fibers. If they are fatigued or the person’s hydration status is insufficient, the risk is greater.

The hamstring is located at the back of the thigh, in the muscle group called the hamstrings. The area is made up of 3 muscles: the semitendinosus, the semimembranosus and the biceps femoris. All are essential for the movements of the knee and hip, so necessary in this and other sports.



The movements of the lower limbs are intense in professional tennis, with sudden runs and brakes.

Other complications that affected Serena Williams

Now, although it is one of the most severe muscle injuries, a tear does not leave an athlete a year without competing. What else happened to Serena Williams to get away from the tennis courts for so long?

After the months that the tear treatment took, Serena Williams had to face an old but well-known condition: migraines. In the world of sports, it is a disease that is rarely talked about, but that can be very disabling for those who suffer from it.

I did not withdraw. I needed to heal physically and mentally, I had no plans, it’s just that I didn’t know when I would make my return and in what state I would return.

~Serena Williams~

These acute headaches have accompanied the tennis player for many years, but as he has told the press, they intensified during the pandemic. The pressure in sports, the problems of personal life and their business projects may be some of the factors that most influenced the appearance of the episodes, also motivated by hereditary and environmental aspects.

To combat migraines, Serena Williams used a two-pronged strategy. On the one hand, she reduced her workload and suspended her sports activity. On the other hand, she followed her doctor’s advice regarding medication.



The ribbons in the eyes of Serena Williams

One of the details that caught the most attention during the reappearance of Serena Williams after her injuries was the use of black ribbons under her right eye. This is because the American tennis player suffers from sinusitis, a disease that causes inflammation of the paranasal sinuses and causes pain and difficulty breathing.

Since Williams’ case is chronic, he resorts to these plasters, as its term in English, to avoid inconvenience. In both training and competition, shortness of breath is an obstacle for her if she does not take this type of palliative measures.

Chronic sinusitis, like the one Williams suffers from, is difficult to combat. Affects respiratory dynamics.

Leaving injuries behind is the goal

Last year, the athlete intended to compete again in New York, at the US Openthe last Grand Slam of the year. However, the problems mentioned above prevented it.

Throughout her career, Serena Williams’ injuries have interrupted performances on several occasions. For example, he had to have surgery on his left knee 2 times. Likewise, she underwent surgery after suffering several cuts with glass on one of his feet at a party. A tendon was also operated on.

Finally, Serena Williams even had to overcome a pulmonary embolism for which she was hospitalized urgently. This disease consists of the obstruction of the passage of blood to the lungs by a clot. It is a serious and life-threatening disorder, depending on the size of the blockage and the affected artery.

But all this is part of the past. In 2022, the winner of 23 grand slams He will seek to rediscover his best form. Furthermore, and most important of all, will try to leave in the past the ghosts of the injuries that stole so much time from him.

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