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Serena Speaks on Withdrawal

"I am sad and disappointed"

8/15/04 6:26 PM




Hours after telling Kelly Ripa and Bryant Gumbel (sitting in for Reege) how an Olympic gold medal means more to her than winning a Grand Slam event, tennis star Serena Williams had to withdraw from the 2004 U.S. Olympic team on the advice of doctors who examined her injured knee. She released the following statement:

“I am sad and disappointed, not only because I am unable to travel to Greece and participate in the Olympics, but also because I gave my word that I would play. I feel that I am letting down my sister, Venus, Zina Garrison, and the other members of the U.S. Tennis team by not participating. But, I have no choice. I have been advised that by playing, I could cause long-term damage to my knee, possibly causing me to miss the remaining tournaments scheduled for this year. It was a heartwrenching decision not to board that plane tonight, but I must heed to the advice of the specialists, and not risk long-term or permanent damage to my knee.”

Serena underwent successful surgery in Los Angeles one year ago for a partial tear in the mid-portion of the quadriceps tendon of her left knee. However, the area was reinjured the week of July 26 during play at the Acura Classic in San Diego. Serena withdrew from the tournament, and the following Rogers Cup tournament scheduled in Montreal last week so that her knee would be in top form for the Olympics.

During this time, doctors were telling her to skip the trip to Athens because the knee was not 100 percent, and further play on it could sideline her for the rest of the year. Serena, however, wasn’t trying to hear it. Her commitment to the United States Tennis Association, (USTA), the International Olympics Committee, (IOC), and the American Team was too important to her.

So Tuesday, she and her sister Venus hit the talk show circuit (“The Today Show” and “Regis & Kelly”) to discuss their dream of winning a second doubles gold medal. Afterwards, Serena went to her previously scheduled appointment with New York specialist, David Altchek, M.D. - who underscored what previous doctors had told her, and ultimately convinced the player to pull out.

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what i want to know is why she didn't use the same surgeon as lindsay and chanda?

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Let's just put it like this, there is Justine Bieber (I just threw up a little) who ... is hyped far beyond his talent.

Then you have Michael Jackson & that name speaks for itself, no hype needed at all.
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i wouldn't use chanda's surgeon - her knee is never really fixed
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Hmmm.....get well babygirl!!

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get well soon i wanna see Serena and Venus doing their thing in the USopen wich begins in 2 weeks right?

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I can well imagine how the princess must feel, but let it heal baby girl, this season is almost a wrap. Dont risk permanent damage for 2004, instead look ahead to 2005 I know right about now you may have USO fever Rena, but let the Doctors decide. We will always have your back

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i wouldn't use chanda's surgeon - her knee is never really fixed
eh?

chanda and lindsay both had a faster rate of recovery and a longer gap btw surgery and more problems in the knee than serena.

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Get well Serena and Kim. We need a year end battle with all the top players to salvage this year.
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During this time, doctors were telling her to skip the trip to Athens because the knee was not 100 percent, and further play on it could sideline her for the rest of the year. Serena, however, wasn’t trying to hear it. Her commitment to the United States Tennis Association, (USTA), the International Olympics Committee, (IOC), and the American Team was too important to her.
I understand she was in a difficult situation, but I am not sure how pulling out so late is fulfilling her commitment.
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Also the security concern, if I were her, I would be scared about what's happening now and stay home.
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Also the security concern, if I were her, I would be scared about what's happening now and stay home.
I think if this was her main concern,she would have sat on Vee and kept her from boarding that plane. No, I totally understand and agree with her reasons. She is a proud champion and would risk life and limb, thank God cooler heads prevailed

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Serena. We need you in the game for many more years. You did the right thing! Get better soon!!

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Get well SERENA & KIM. Surley two of the best in tennis.JENNY to.
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I have been advised that by playing, I could cause long-term damage to my knee, possibly causing me to miss the remaining tournaments scheduled for this year. It was a heartwrenching decision not to board that plane tonight, but I must heed to the advice of the specialists, and not risk long-term or permanent damage to my knee.”
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