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Question Was SERENA's knee surgery neccessary in 2003 after WI?



Serena had a knee operation, just after she won
her 6th GS in singles
and after reaching 3R/4R in doubles...

Was it neccessary for her to have that knee operation
while she was at the top of her game??

Was it that serious?

I mean, cuz why have it operated on after winning Wimbledon, when she
was beating players at the top of their games easily...
she couldve won LA-Toronto-USO and end the year number 1 rather than Clijsters....

cant she have that opertion after the YEC ??
and could have used part of 2004 healing and rehabilitating her knee...??!!!

I mean no harm....
somehow it just confuse me upto dis day why she did that...
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Re: Was SERENA's knee surgery neccessary in 2003 after WI?

it was. she's professional enough to know what's best. And if that is knee surgery in the middle of the season, than it was urgent...
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Re: Was SERENA's knee surgery neccessary in 2003 after WI?

During one of her interviews during the Australian Open, she mentioned that she was going through terrible pain even when she was winning those slams. She even said that her sponsors were not happy that she decided to have the surgery. I don't think she would have decided to have the surgery if it was not necessary because it could have been career ending.
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Re: Was SERENA's knee surgery neccessary in 2003 after WI?

I think a more appropriate question is... did she allow it to heal enough? One would think not if she's continuing to have problems with it, but again, what can you expect when your profession involves constant motion and training?

A friend of mine works as a theatre manager at an AMC. She had a knee operation in the winter and was told to avoid any stenuous work for quite some time, but within weeks she was back to going up and down flights of stairs, cleaning shows, running around etc. Now, only a few months later, her knee is giving her agony again, and her doctor said she needs another operation.

So my question is: if the knee continues to be a problem, and it continues to reinjure, would (or should) Serena have another operation, and this time approach it the right way with adequate healing time? Or do you think there's no way to avoid such inflammation and it's something she'll have to cope with through regularlity, training and medicine?
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Re: Was SERENA's knee surgery neccessary in 2003 after WI?

It was probably very nessisary. I read up on the surgery she had, and for an average person it is a 3-4 yr healing process with rehab. She probably didnt give it exactly enough time to heal, but that is why she is always playing lite schedules.

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Re: Was SERENA's knee surgery neccessary in 2003 after WI?

one thing is certain..never was the same after the surgery..has lost at least one step movement wise.

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although if you look at Miami, it looks like it's ALMOST back...maybe with about 6 healthy months, she should be BACK FOR REAL FOR REAL!

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Re: Was SERENA's knee surgery neccessary in 2003 after WI?

Wasn't there a tear in a cruciate ligament, with is pretty much as serious as its gets with the knee

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Wasn't there a tear in a cruciate ligament, with is pretty much as serious as its gets with the knee
Thats what I though. Well something like that.
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Re: Was SERENA's knee surgery neccessary in 2003 after WI?

The injuries that Serena, and Venus, suffered at Wimbledon 2003 changed women's tennis forever.

Not only had they reached 6 of 8 Slam finals together (01 US; 02 FO; 02 WB; 02 US; 03 AO; 03 WB) but they were so completely dominate, especially Serena. The winners of the majors since should be thanking their lucky stars that they were injured and it has taken them time to recover. I honestly do not believe Henin would have 5 majors, Kuznetsova would have 1, Myskina would have 1 ... had the sisters not been injured. Just my opinion though.
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The injuries that Serena, and Venus, suffered at Wimbledon 2003 changed women's tennis forever.

Not only had they reached 6 of 8 Slam finals together (01 US; 02 FO; 02 WB; 02 US; 03 AO; 03 WB) but they were so completely dominate, especially Serena. The winners of the majors since should be thanking their lucky stars that they were injured and it has taken them time to recover. I honestly do not believe Henin would have 5 majors, Kuznetsova would have 1, Myskina would have 1 ... had the sisters not been injured. Just my opinion though.
No doubt they would have won more slams without those injuries

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Hmmmm....I don't think 2004 would've gone the way it went..with Myskina winning RG and Sveta winning the Open.

Heck...probably even Henin's 2003 u.s. open wouldn't have happened.
But things went down differently...and you can't change the past.

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Re: Was SERENA's knee surgery neccessary in 2003 after WI?

Serena had a tear in her patellar ligament which is the ligament that attaches to the patella and inserts on the tibia. As a physical therapist I have worked with many people who have suffered this injury from sports and took them 3-5 years of rehabilitation to be 100%. I am not sure how or why serena only took an 8 month break when she should have missed the entire 2004 season. But I can definetly understand that she is very competitive and desperately wanted to get out on the court again.
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Serena Williams to miss U.S. Open after knee surgery

By Beth Harris, The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Serena Williams won't be adding to her collection of Grand Slam titles this year. Williams had knee surgery Friday and will be out 6-to-8 weeks, leaving her unable to defend her U.S. Open title later this month in New York. The world's top-ranked player underwent surgery to repair a partial tear in the mid-portion of the quadriceps tendon of her left knee at an undisclosed location in Los Angeles.

The surgery was done by Dr. Rodney Gabriel on an outpatient basis.

Williams was resting at home in Los Angeles, her spokeswoman said. Her father, Richard, and other family members were with her.

"Serena has suffered from quadriceps tendinitis of her left knee for many years, which has been controlled with medication and physical therapy treatments," Gabriel said.

"She recently developed pain that, although improved with treatment, increased whenever she resumed tennis activities."

On Monday, Williams underwent an MRI, which showed a partial tear in the tendon and surgery was recommended, Gabriel said.

"I expect a 100% recovery and Serena's speedy return to competitive tennis," he said.

There was no comment from Williams in statements from her representative or the WTA Tour.

She had withdrawn from three California tournaments in the last three weeks because of the knee problem. She was scheduled to play last week at Stanford, this week in Carlsbad and next week in Carson.

She hasn't played since beating older sister Venus in the Wimbledon final nearly a month ago.

In January, Williams won the Australian Open. She has five titles in her last six Grand Slam tournaments. She defeated Venus in last year's U.S. Open final.

Williams, 21, is losing out on a chance to win $1 million in prize money by missing the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 25.

The amount could increase to $2 million if she is unable to play in the season-ending WTA Championships in November in Los Angeles.

The winner of each tournament receives $1 million.

Her absence also could affect the rankings.

Kim Clijsters, who has reached the semifinals in Carlsbad, is just 264 points behind Williams in the rankings.

The Belgian could be in position to take over as No. 1 during next week's tournament in Carson.

Venus, ranked fourth in the world, also hasn't played since Wimbledon because of a nagging abdominal injury. So far, she has withdrawn from Fed Cup and the Acura Classic in Carlsbad. She was not planning to play next week.
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The surgery was to prevent further damage and was not a complete tear. Also, I can't remember if it was Serena or one of the commentators who mentioned that less than half of her surgeon consultants recommended surgery. If she knew she was going to be out 9 months, she was probably better off rehabing it anyway.
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Re: Was SERENA's knee surgery neccessary in 2003 after WI?

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Hmmmm....I don't think 2004 would've gone the way it went..with Myskina winning RG and Sveta winning the Open.

Heck...probably even Henin's 2003 u.s. open wouldn't have happened.
But things went down differently...and you can't change the past.
Yup, exactly. I dont think Henin's US or AO would be there. She is clearly one of the best clay courters ever, so you cant take those away from her ... but with Venus and Serena 100%, I dont think she would have her two Slams away from Paris. Just me though ...
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