Re: Was SERENA's knee surgery neccessary in 2003 after WI?
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She had withdrawn from three California tournaments in the last three weeks because of the knee problem.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 So far, she has withdrawn from Fed Cup and the Acura Classic in Carlsbad.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.
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.