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RenaSlam.
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:12 PM
'First day back' for Serena Williams
April 12, 2001

Serena Williams grabbed her racket and got out on a tennis court Tuesday, which she said was her "first day back" after a series of health problems, including blood clots in her lung.

The 13-time Grand Slam singles champion and former No. 1-ranked player has not played an official match since she won the title at Wimbledon in July.

On Tuesday, Williams tweeted: "Cool news guys stay tuned.. Ill update u with a pic.. U ready??"

Then, a little while later, she tweeted again: "Look who I spotted on the court. Her first day back..." That posting came with a link to a photo of Williams in a neon pink body suit, standing at the baseline and midway through her service motion with a racket in her right hand.

Her agent, Jill Smoller, confirmed Williams put in some work Tuesday.

"She was out hitting some balls today. Taking it day by day depending on how she's feeling and was very happy to be back on the court," Smoller wrote in an email to The Associated Press.

Shortly after claiming her fourth singles championship at the All England Club last year, Williams cut her foot on glass at a restaurant, an injury that led to two operations. The second surgery was in October, and she said she spent 10 weeks in a cast and 10 weeks in a walking boot.

The 29-year-old American then was diagnosed in February with blood clots in her lung. After that, she said she needed treatment for a hematoma -- a gathering of blood under the skin -- on her stomach.

Williams has not said when she might return to competition.

Despite all of the time away from the tour, she is still at No. 10 in this week's WTA rankings.

Her older sister Venus is 15th this week; she hasn't played since January because of a hip injury.

Source: ESPN.com



:worship: :worship: :worship: :steptothis: :step,haters: :step:

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:14 PM
http://i47.tinypic.com/35irpy1.jpg

Potato
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:15 PM
YESSSSSS :bowdown:

Come back and beat all these mugs :bowdown:

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:16 PM
Gr8 news :yeah:

poulao
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:16 PM
:)

shoryuken
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:17 PM
hallelu! :bigclap::bounce: :bounce:

Sharapovian
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:26 PM
:D :banana:

jefrilibra
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:26 PM
http://i55.tinypic.com/zum34h.gif

pov
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:31 PM
I'm glad to hear that she's getting back to full health.

http://s3.amazonaws.com/twitpic/photos/large/275542662.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJF3XCCKACR3QDMOA&Expires=1302641177&Signature=SkhnDAYnYoBnGVo6RA0N2Tv4sdc%3D

Miracle Worker
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:32 PM
:woohoo:

ce
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:33 PM
^ :sobbing:

Miracle Worker
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:33 PM
She is so pink :eek:

Lulu.
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:34 PM
:cheer:

I wonder if that bodysuit is a sign for future outfits. :lol:

Macomere
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:35 PM
:bounce:

frenchie
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:36 PM
new racket?

Talula
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:36 PM
Thank Gawd, but it is one day at a time and early days. I just pray to everything and nothing if there's nothing, that Serena does herself no further harm and only comes back when fully ready.

DownInAHole
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:40 PM
This has got to be fantastic news for her chances of playing the French Open, right? Even Serena is going to have a fair bit of rust to shake off but if she is even able to play at the French Open and/or Wimbledon by the time the US Open starts she should be in a position to do very well there.

Macomere
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:40 PM
new racket?

yeah, she and veee upgraded (more like a paintjob ;) ) to the BLX Blade 104

Mistress of Evil
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:46 PM
do it sister :sobbing: we need you :awww:

Pump-it-UP
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:47 PM
This has got to be fantastic news for her chances of playing the French Open, right? Even Serena is going to have a fair bit of rust to shake off but if she is even able to play at the French Open and/or Wimbledon by the time the US Open starts she should be in a position to do very well there.

I doubt it. Maybe if she was practicing on clay I would be convinced, but she's been on the court hitting lightly for a few weeks now. She might be healthy enough in time for RG, but I don't think she'd want to play with 0 claycourt prep under her belt, even though she could probably still make a decent run anyway. :lol:

Smitten
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:48 PM
Oh she is coming for these girls! Come on and slay the local tribe.

QuietPlease
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:52 PM
:bounce:

Wimbledon return?

MiiMo
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:54 PM
Perfect news :)

Lulu.
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:56 PM
:bounce:

Wimbledon return?

Oh, she's not sure yet. Could be sooner. :)

Mrs. Peel
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:59 PM
She is looking good. She hasn't been sitting around eating bon bons.

Macomere
Apr 12th, 2011, 10:00 PM
she might be back for the French, or EVEN SOONER! :bounce:
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2011/04/serena-williams-really-is-back-in-the-pink/1
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/662523-brett-favre-jenn-sterger-nba-playoff-schedule-and-tuesdays-sports-news/entry/62319-serena-williams-outfit-can-serenas-fashion-sense-get-any-worse

debby
Apr 12th, 2011, 10:07 PM
I am sorry but she looks like more Venus than Serena.... :tape: IDK.

ptitnavet
Apr 12th, 2011, 10:07 PM
Awesome news :woohoo:

itzhak
Apr 12th, 2011, 10:11 PM
2001? long time ago...

Dodoboy.
Apr 12th, 2011, 10:13 PM
Cannot wait!!!

Serenita
Apr 12th, 2011, 10:20 PM
she might be back for the French, or EVEN SOONER! :bounce:
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2011/04/serena-williams-really-is-back-in-the-pink/1
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/662523-brett-favre-jenn-sterger-nba-playoff-schedule-and-tuesdays-sports-news/entry/62319-serena-williams-outfit-can-serenas-fashion-sense-get-any-worse
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/attachments/case-mods-worklog-gallery/10926d1278356325-keyboard-colour-scheme-painting-1x09-storming-castle-animated-gif-excited-buster-arrested-development-7915175-230-249.gif

Pump-it-UP
Apr 12th, 2011, 10:25 PM
she might be back for the French, or EVEN SOONER! :bounce:
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2011/04/serena-williams-really-is-back-in-the-pink/1
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/662523-brett-favre-jenn-sterger-nba-playoff-schedule-and-tuesdays-sports-news/entry/62319-serena-williams-outfit-can-serenas-fashion-sense-get-any-worse
I want to scream right now, but I refuse to get my hopes up. :sobbing:

I am sorry but she looks like more Venus than Serena.... :tape: IDK.
Look at the knee bend... it's Serena. :lol:

Macomere
Apr 12th, 2011, 10:34 PM
i know, me too...im just optimistic at this point...hopefully she's able to..

tonybotz
Apr 12th, 2011, 10:37 PM
omg i LOVE the bodysuit and would die if she wore it at the Open - she looks like niki minaj on a tennis court -awesome!

LightWarrior
Apr 12th, 2011, 10:40 PM
That picture doesn't look very real to me. The boobs look so small in that suit, she looks so fit, nothing like the Miami beach pictures from last week.
On the other hand it could be real. She's wearing a glove on her left hand because she's not supposed to scratch her body.

debby
Apr 12th, 2011, 10:41 PM
I want to scream right now, but I refuse to get my hopes up. :sobbing:


Look at the knee bend... it's Serena. :lol:

Oh you are right :D

That's great news then !

hurricanejeanne
Apr 12th, 2011, 10:43 PM
Praise the LORD! :cheer:

Annie.
Apr 12th, 2011, 10:54 PM
YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!

http://i56.tinypic.com/2n60c8.gif

Avid Merrion
Apr 12th, 2011, 10:56 PM
http://imgboot.com/images/AvidMerrion/kermitwank.gif (http://imgboot.com/user/AvidMerrion/Smiles-GIFs/kermitwank.gif)

~Cherry*Blossom~
Apr 12th, 2011, 10:59 PM
Best news all year!

doooma6816
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:02 PM
Great news!

Batiguza
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:02 PM
Woohoo, that's great!!!! :bounce:

ivanban
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:03 PM
BodysuitRena :bowdown: :rocker2:

Vikapower
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:05 PM
How hot is she in pink... :eek:

Speaking of hotness... while I was practicing as so with my 2 wives... on my 7th cloud of lust and pleasure... my brain processed... freezed me neat !! I sat [...] and irresistibly turned my head to one of the posters on the wall of my room...

In sweat... grasping for breath [...] and under the submissive fist of The Champ in her sexy yellow-orange AO outfit : why such a hot body hadn't found it's naked self into a playboy magazine...

Thank God I see another day of good mental health to see... one of her last relevant achievements without losing a sex. I love you champ. Nice to have you back.

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:12 PM
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y215/AvidMerrion/Smilies/kermit_wank.gif

Oooh Kermy :haha:

It would be amazing if she could make the French :cool:

JAS_
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:15 PM
She must have heard the Madusah is out of contention. :devil:
Now, I expect the Madusah to strike back by announcing her return to courts a day before RG in a special quick recovery fluorescent green space suit:rolls:

pedropt
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:16 PM
:bounce:

Can't wait!

young_gunner913
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:18 PM
Yesssssssssssssssssssss. :woohoo:

Linguae^
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:23 PM
Caro had a heart attack today.

Break My Rapture
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:27 PM
I'm not even a fan but I miss her intensity and GOAT serve.

hotandspicey
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:27 PM
Fingers crossed! let's go baby gurl!

volta
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:28 PM
OMG YES :hearts:

olivero
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:28 PM
Great news!
But i hope it's not too soon for her. Fingers crossed :)

mauresmofan
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:29 PM
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/662523-brett-favre-jenn-sterger-nba-playoff-schedule-and-tuesdays-sports-news/entry/62319-serena-williams-outfit-can-serenas-fashion-sense-get-any-worse

Is this what passes for journalism these days? Seriously do a teeny tiny bit of research and you might just draw a parallel between what Serena was wearing in comparrison to Ann White back in the day at Wimbledon which clearly this is an homage to.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_r10fhVhlL1c/SkOIfw1PMqI/AAAAAAAAAS4/ia64HcXLSVg/s400/untitled.bmp

brickhousesupporter
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:33 PM
Did something interesting happened today?

Alejandrawrrr
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:34 PM
She must have heard the Madusah is out of contention. :devil:
Now, I expect the Madusah to strike back by announcing her return to courts a day before RG in a special quick recovery fluorescent green space suit:rolls:

:lol::lol: :worship:

Wilson_07
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:36 PM
http://chzgifs.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/excitement.gif

Amalgamate
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:38 PM
:spit: Omg that outfit :lol: Love her! :hearts:

In The Zone
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:38 PM
I'd expect a Rome return. :D COME ON SERENA! Just to get matchplay before Wimbledon. :D

Alejandrawrrr
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:39 PM
I'm not even a fan but I miss her intensity and GOAT serve.

Forget GOAT-serve, I miss watching people hold serve :rolleyes:

AcesHigh
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:42 PM
Hopefully she doesn't rush back. A healthy return and Wimbledon defense (should be easy for her) would be much better than a staggered return with the threat of reinjury.

Would rather have Serena for Wimbledon and the US Open fully healthy than a return with stops and starts

Amalgamate
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:50 PM
Hopefully she doesn't rush back. A healthy return and Wimbledon defense (should be easy for her) would be much better than a staggered return with the threat of reinjury.

Would rather have Serena for Wimbledon and the US Open fully healthy than a return with stops and starts

This. 100% this.

Noctis
Apr 12th, 2011, 11:58 PM
The time has come :hearts:

Ralph214
Apr 13th, 2011, 12:01 AM
I'd expect a Rome return. :D COME ON SERENA! Just to get matchplay before Wimbledon. :D

Yes please! :hearts:

Optima
Apr 13th, 2011, 12:05 AM
That outfit is terrible and horrible.

DecoTurf
Apr 13th, 2011, 12:10 AM
Halallujah:bounce:

DecoTurf
Apr 13th, 2011, 12:23 AM
Is this what passes for journalism these days? Seriously do a teeny tiny bit of research and you might just draw a parallel between what Serena was wearing in comparrison to Ann White back in the day at Wimbledon which clearly this is an homage to.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_r10fhVhlL1c/SkOIfw1PMqI/AAAAAAAAAS4/ia64HcXLSVg/s400/untitled.bmp


i think it means she will be back for wimbledon ?!:confused:

debby
Apr 13th, 2011, 12:33 AM
How hot is she in pink... :eek:

Speaking of hotness... while I was practicing as so with my 2 wives... on my 7th cloud of lust and pleasure... my brain processed... freezed me neat !! I sat [...] and irresistibly turned my head to one of the posters on the wall of my room...

In sweat... grasping for breath [...] and under the submissive fist of The Champ in her sexy yellow-orange AO outfit : why such a hot body hadn't found it's naked self into a playboy magazine...

Thank God I see another day of good mental health to see... one of her last relevant achievements without losing a sex. I love you champ. Nice to have you back.

Since when do you like women with forms ? :lol: You only like anorexic ones.

RenaSlam.
Apr 13th, 2011, 12:35 AM
That outfit is terrible and horrible.

As is your #1 fave's face, but you don't see me complaining about it.

Batiguza
Apr 13th, 2011, 01:03 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if Serena played RG this year and ended up winning the whole thing... That would be great, actually. Though it's really unlikely to happen, you never know when it comes to Serena. She can surprise everyone!

wildemu
Apr 13th, 2011, 01:17 AM
i don't care what you wear on court, just get your ass out there and save tennis from pushing.

mauresmofan
Apr 13th, 2011, 01:30 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if Serena played RG this year and ended up winning the whole thing... That would be great, actually. Though it's really unlikely to happen, you never know when it comes to Serena. She can surprise everyone!

I would be very surprised, she's only won it once 10 years ago and really isn't that great on clay, her game just doesn't stack up as well on clay as it does on hard or especially grass. Now if it was the grass of Wimbledon she returned on then I wouldn't be surprised if she won there, it would be tough but her serve alone would carry her a long way.

Vikapower
Apr 13th, 2011, 01:30 AM
Since when do you like women with forms ? :lol: You only like anorexic ones.

:hug: "anorexic" is a very brutalizing word... :hug: "slim" is more appropriate... and Rena is hot like it or not... I have (appromitately) 155 posters on my wall who can attest that... ;)

mauresmofan
Apr 13th, 2011, 01:31 AM
i think it means she will be back for wimbledon ?!:confused:

That's what I thought too when I saw the pic.

Srodgers
Apr 13th, 2011, 01:32 AM
Thank God :)

Frederik
Apr 13th, 2011, 01:37 AM
good to hear Serena is finally feeling better. :)

tonybotz
Apr 13th, 2011, 01:39 AM
this past year has made me realize how much i love the williams sisters being on tour. you don't know what you've got until it's gone!

serenafan08
Apr 13th, 2011, 01:48 AM
It warms my heart to see her back on the court. More than anything, I want her to take her time and totally get healthy. You have to be careful when you play sports while taking blood thinners; I'm sure her doctors are advising her correctly (at least I hope they are).

Sp!ffy
Apr 13th, 2011, 01:51 AM
:worship: :worship: :worship: :steptothis: :step,haters: :step:

Gosh, you're so pathetic trying to still start arguments. :lol: Does Serena even have haters these days?

fawnrc
Apr 13th, 2011, 01:56 AM
Glad she is back on the courts!!!

Lachy
Apr 13th, 2011, 01:59 AM
Woww, I wish Serena comes back at RG wearing something like this and just absolutely owns the field. Best return everr!

Batiguza
Apr 13th, 2011, 02:10 AM
I would be very surprised, she's only won it once 10 years ago and really isn't that great on clay, her game just doesn't stack up as well on clay as it does on hard or especially grass. Now if it was the grass of Wimbledon she returned on then I wouldn't be surprised if she won there, it would be tough but her serve alone would carry her a long way.

I can definitely see your point, but as I said, it would be really unlikely, but I can't say it's impossible either. I just think we don't have a clear favourite to win RG and if Serena is healthy enough to play it, she could do some damage there, and eventually win the title... Who knows? :shrug: Anything can happen...

Vwilliamsfan1
Apr 13th, 2011, 02:12 AM
What great news! :)

SAEKeithSerena
Apr 13th, 2011, 03:23 AM
so fantastic and heart-warming seeing her back on court. take your time, because i want you to be healthy and kick these girls into gear. i would not be surprised if she comes back and dominates at the slams like she did when she left. fantastic, fantastic, fantastic. what an inspiration!

cowmoonski
Apr 13th, 2011, 03:48 AM
Can someone explain to me why she's wearing that?

Paldias
Apr 13th, 2011, 03:50 AM
Wahoo!

azinna
Apr 13th, 2011, 03:54 AM
News this good doesn't come as often as it should....

nevetssllim
Apr 13th, 2011, 04:00 AM
Wonderful news! Can't wait to see her back! :D :)

Roookie
Apr 13th, 2011, 05:26 AM
Great news...really hope she comes back soon and healthy.

Gdsimmons
Apr 13th, 2011, 06:12 AM
http://i52.tinypic.com/x0o5dh.gif

DemWilliamsGulls
Apr 13th, 2011, 06:25 AM
Praise Jehova!!!!!!

Serenita
Apr 13th, 2011, 06:26 AM
Praise JehovaH!!!!!!
Fixed it for ya:wavey:

Maddox
Apr 13th, 2011, 07:31 AM
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!! Time for some pushers to die!!!!!

bandabou
Apr 13th, 2011, 08:03 AM
:woohoo: Nice!

Calypso
Apr 13th, 2011, 09:22 AM
Fantastic news!!!
:-D

Love the pink body suit. All the best, Rena!

kittyking
Apr 13th, 2011, 09:23 AM
I miss being able to see Serena Williams subforum :sobbing:

Miss Amor
Apr 13th, 2011, 09:25 AM
http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_li89bgvZOd1qalmsf.gif

FORZA SARITA
Apr 13th, 2011, 09:31 AM
welcome back Serena :cheer:

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!! Time for some pushers to die!!!!!

:hysteric:

The 2nd Law
Apr 13th, 2011, 09:32 AM
:bounce:

The other day I was watching some clips of Ree in Rome last year, the scream handshake vs. Dushevina and the random yell vs. JJ :lol: I miss her so much!

The 2nd Law
Apr 13th, 2011, 09:32 AM
^ And the pink bodysuit photo was just on Channel 7 News in Melbourne :lol: :hearts:

FMeier
Apr 13th, 2011, 09:55 AM
Great to hear Serena is playing again. Women's tennis is much more exciting with her around!



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eck
Apr 13th, 2011, 11:18 AM
:cheer:

GrandMartha
Apr 13th, 2011, 11:28 AM
:)

*Nefertiti*
Apr 13th, 2011, 11:35 AM
:yeah:

Ntosake
Apr 13th, 2011, 04:35 PM
So happy for you, Serena, welcome back! Take it one day at a time.

BartoLiNa
Apr 13th, 2011, 04:48 PM
http://i481.photobucket.com/albums/rr173/ElenaLombardi/Animated%20Gif/happydance.gif

RenaSlam.
Apr 13th, 2011, 05:01 PM
http://itimworld.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/homer_woohoo.jpg

Toxic
Apr 13th, 2011, 05:12 PM
Yessss Gurl!!! You betta werq your ass!! http://i51.tinypic.com/2jfhjkw.gif

Hian
Apr 13th, 2011, 06:21 PM
Yeah :woohoo:

doomsday
Apr 13th, 2011, 06:39 PM
Great news.:)

Londoner
Apr 13th, 2011, 07:26 PM
Keep everything crossed!

TheHangover
Apr 13th, 2011, 09:17 PM
i want to see her at the us open with that pink outfit

edificio
Apr 13th, 2011, 09:20 PM
Can someone explain to me why she's wearing that?

Because it is epic. :lol:

Flabbergaster
Apr 13th, 2011, 09:26 PM
Good news!

Hope to see her back in form soon! ( so the WoZ can kick her ass! )


Ohh well. I am allowed to dream, ain't I ? :devil:

Macomere
Apr 13th, 2011, 09:42 PM
that aint even close to a dream..u have a better chance of Cher growing old.....

Pump-it-UP
Apr 13th, 2011, 11:43 PM
Serena's selling her skincare products on HSN right now, and someone just called in to tell her that they see her at the US Open every year (and that her skin looks beautiful) and they asked if she'd be at the US Open this year and she laughed and said yes. :hearts:

doni1212
Apr 13th, 2011, 11:45 PM
She seemed so confident that she'll be there too! I hope she'll play Wimby too!!

Pump-it-UP
Apr 13th, 2011, 11:46 PM
Yeah, I was expecting an awkward silence, but she answered her right away. :lol:

Becool
Apr 14th, 2011, 03:20 AM
i think somebody is concerned

http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/7110/carolinewozniacki.jpg

RVD
Apr 14th, 2011, 03:23 AM
Aww maaan... that news is ...http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc161/RasenganShinboi/CuteSneezingPandaRestaurantBill.gif


Though if she is to return, I'd rather see it be at Wimbledon where environmental conditions and fans are favorable. Plus, to return to where she left off at would be sweetly symbolic.
As long as she's 100% healthy, and at least 50% conditioned, I'm hoping for good things.

tkutsaar
Apr 14th, 2011, 05:13 PM
I think one of the hardest decisions an athlete, especially a star athlete, has to make is when to retire. There are lots of examples of athletes who continue to compete beyond the time they ought to have retired. Lot of them even achieved some success but once they finally are forced to retire it was clear that they did some damage to themselves in competing beyond the time they ought to have stopped. I would imagine that Serena is constantly pestering her doctors to give her the go ahead to compete and her doctors are caving in to her persistence.

Now admittedly I have no medical knowledge whatsoever so I am relying on some common sense based on the public knowledge. I was first skeptical of her original injury caused by stepping on glass. My own personal experience is that I’ve stepped on glass countless times in my life and nothing untoward happened. The worst case I was aware of occurred when my wife stepped on some glass and I rushed her to the emergency room of a hospital. The glass was removed and nothing untoward happened to her as she healed almost immediately.

However in my myopic opinion I did not credit the fact that Serena is a professional tennis player who as a matter of course puts a great amount of stress on her feet way beyond a normal person does. So it is no wonder that her recovery from stepping on the glass became so prolonged.

I recall that when she withdrew from the USO she indicated that she would be ready to compete in Tokyo and was expecting to start practicing soon after the tournament. I think she actually may have started practicing before she suffered a set-back and underwent a second operation on her foot. Apparently the injury continued to linger which emphasized how serious her condition was. And the seriousness of her injury came to a head last month when she suffered pulmonary embolism, i.e. doctors discovered a blood clot in her lungs. There is absolutely no doubt that this medical condition occurred as a direct result of her foot injury. There is no way of getting around this fact- it is a very serious setback to Serena’s health and well being.

Now I recall that Serena’s first statement was to the effect that she would put her health first and that returning to tennis would be a secondary concern. But she also said that she hoped that she would be able to defend her Wimbledon title. Independent medical experts suggested that was a bit too optimistic that more likely she would be able to start practicing in July and possibly compete in the USO. Mention was made that a male tennis player did return to the game after suffering a similar pulmonary embolism. But all this story meant was that it is possible to return to tennis and perhaps not suffer any further undue risk to one’s health.

So now we have this story this week that Serena has started practicing. Naturally her fans on this forum are giddy in excitement and speculating on how many more slams she will add to her trophy case. There is even talk amongst them of having her enter the FO after all.

But to me what this story suggests is that she is going against her doctors’ orders or recommendations. She may very well play tennis at a very high level but I fear she may suffer a collapse and do irreparable harm to her health should she persist in trying to return to tennis prematurely.

The Witch-king
Apr 14th, 2011, 05:57 PM
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc161/RasenganShinboi/CuteSneezingPandaRestaurantBill.gif



:lol:

DefyingGravity
Apr 14th, 2011, 06:24 PM
Yessss Gurl!!! You betta werq your ass!! http://i51.tinypic.com/2jfhjkw.gif

Oh, I see you found Serena's 2011 USO outfit, lol.

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 14th, 2011, 06:29 PM
I think one of the hardest decisions an athlete, especially a star athlete, has to make is when to retire. There are lots of examples of athletes who continue to compete beyond the time they ought to have retired. Lot of them even achieved some success but once they finally are forced to retire it was clear that they did some damage to themselves in competing beyond the time they ought to have stopped. I would imagine that Serena is constantly pestering her doctors to give her the go ahead to compete and her doctors are caving in to her persistence.

Now admittedly I have no medical knowledge whatsoever so I am relying on some common sense based on the public knowledge. I was first skeptical of her original injury caused by stepping on glass. My own personal experience is that I’ve stepped on glass countless times in my life and nothing untoward happened. The worst case I was aware of occurred when my wife stepped on some glass and I rushed her to the emergency room of a hospital. The glass was removed and nothing untoward happened to her as she healed almost immediately.

However in my myopic opinion I did not credit the fact that Serena is a professional tennis player who as a matter of course puts a great amount of stress on her feet way beyond a normal person does. So it is no wonder that her recovery from stepping on the glass became so prolonged.

I recall that when she withdrew from the USO she indicated that she would be ready to compete in Tokyo and was expecting to start practicing soon after the tournament. I think she actually may have started practicing before she suffered a set-back and underwent a second operation on her foot. Apparently the injury continued to linger which emphasized how serious her condition was. And the seriousness of her injury came to a head last month when she suffered pulmonary embolism, i.e. doctors discovered a blood clot in her lungs. There is absolutely no doubt that this medical condition occurred as a direct result of her foot injury. There is no way of getting around this fact- it is a very serious setback to Serena’s health and well being.

Now I recall that Serena’s first statement was to the effect that she would put her health first and that returning to tennis would be a secondary concern. But she also said that she hoped that she would be able to defend her Wimbledon title. Independent medical experts suggested that was a bit too optimistic that more likely she would be able to start practicing in July and possibly compete in the USO. Mention was made that a male tennis player did return to the game after suffering a similar pulmonary embolism. But all this story meant was that it is possible to return to tennis and perhaps not suffer any further undue risk to one’s health.

So now we have this story this week that Serena has started practicing. Naturally her fans on this forum are giddy in excitement and speculating on how many more slams she will add to her trophy case. There is even talk amongst them of having her enter the FO after all.

But to me what this story suggests is that she is going against her doctors’ orders or recommendations. She may very well play tennis at a very high level but I fear she may suffer a collapse and do irreparable harm to her health should she persist in trying to return to tennis prematurely.


what's all this?

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 14th, 2011, 06:29 PM
Oh, I see you found Serena's 2011 USO outfit, lol.

well with her new found love for rihanna i wouldn't be surprised :tape:

rechi
Apr 14th, 2011, 06:59 PM
The (for me) greatest player ever is back on the (practice) court - nothing better than that in the tennis world. :)

tkutsaar
Apr 14th, 2011, 08:41 PM
what's all this?

I do apologize for my verbosity. To boil it down I suspect her return to practice this week is premature and she might risk further injury to her health.

Macomere
Apr 14th, 2011, 09:59 PM
i highly doubt Serena would go AGAINST her doctor's orders, considering what happened last year when she tried to come back to soon...plus her agent said that she has been taking it slow.she isnt gonna hit the practice courts full guns blazing, that would be ridiculous..she's probably just taking it day by day and seeing how things go..NO ONE knows her current capabilities except Serena herself and her medical team.

RVD
Apr 14th, 2011, 11:22 PM
I do apologize for my verbosity. To boil it down I suspect her return to practice this week is premature and she might risk further injury to her health.i highly doubt Serena would go AGAINST her doctor's orders, considering what happened last year when she tried to come back to soon...plus her agent said that she has been taking it slow.she isnt gonna hit the practice courts full guns blazing, that would be ridiculous..she's probably just taking it day by day and seeing how things go..NO ONE knows her current capabilities except Serena herself and her medical team.For her sake, I truly hope that she is putting her health first. I mean, she is only 29 years old and has barely begun to fully enjoy life.
So far, life has been primarily about tennis, and a sprinkling of off-court dalliances.
Serena has already achieved legendary status as a tennis player, and though I'd truly LOVE to see her embellish on that legendary title and status, I'd much prefer that she not 'possibly' damage her body any further.
Personally, I would like to see a few baby-Serenas causing future chaos and havoc on the courts, if at all possible. That would be far more satisfying than watching a possible failed comeback accompanied by health issues for the rest of her life.
I can't get excited over this yet, since there are far too many deadly unknowns.
Who honestly knows what will really happen when she returns?
All I can do as a die-hard fan is to wish her a safe comeback and hopeful success.

donniedarkofan
Apr 15th, 2011, 07:35 AM
what's all this?

This is a well written post that talks about many issues. I guess, WTA boards aren't familiar with this kind of writing. All you do is bitching about members and their favourite players.

Serenus Christ
Apr 15th, 2011, 07:53 AM
Oh, I see you found Serena's 2011 USO outfit, lol.

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lh3ck9N3x91qgtfn7.gif

if you followed Venus on twitter you would know thats her French Open dress..

bandabou
Apr 15th, 2011, 08:38 AM
I think one of the hardest decisions an athlete, especially a star athlete, has to make is when to retire. There are lots of examples of athletes who continue to compete beyond the time they ought to have retired. Lot of them even achieved some success but once they finally are forced to retire it was clear that they did some damage to themselves in competing beyond the time they ought to have stopped. I would imagine that Serena is constantly pestering her doctors to give her the go ahead to compete and her doctors are caving in to her persistence.

Now admittedly I have no medical knowledge whatsoever so I am relying on some common sense based on the public knowledge. I was first skeptical of her original injury caused by stepping on glass. My own personal experience is that I’ve stepped on glass countless times in my life and nothing untoward happened. The worst case I was aware of occurred when my wife stepped on some glass and I rushed her to the emergency room of a hospital. The glass was removed and nothing untoward happened to her as she healed almost immediately.

However in my myopic opinion I did not credit the fact that Serena is a professional tennis player who as a matter of course puts a great amount of stress on her feet way beyond a normal person does. So it is no wonder that her recovery from stepping on the glass became so prolonged.

I recall that when she withdrew from the USO she indicated that she would be ready to compete in Tokyo and was expecting to start practicing soon after the tournament. I think she actually may have started practicing before she suffered a set-back and underwent a second operation on her foot. Apparently the injury continued to linger which emphasized how serious her condition was. And the seriousness of her injury came to a head last month when she suffered pulmonary embolism, i.e. doctors discovered a blood clot in her lungs. There is absolutely no doubt that this medical condition occurred as a direct result of her foot injury. There is no way of getting around this fact- it is a very serious setback to Serena’s health and well being.

Now I recall that Serena’s first statement was to the effect that she would put her health first and that returning to tennis would be a secondary concern. But she also said that she hoped that she would be able to defend her Wimbledon title. Independent medical experts suggested that was a bit too optimistic that more likely she would be able to start practicing in July and possibly compete in the USO. Mention was made that a male tennis player did return to the game after suffering a similar pulmonary embolism. But all this story meant was that it is possible to return to tennis and perhaps not suffer any further undue risk to one’s health.

So now we have this story this week that Serena has started practicing. Naturally her fans on this forum are giddy in excitement and speculating on how many more slams she will add to her trophy case. There is even talk amongst them of having her enter the FO after all.

But to me what this story suggests is that she is going against her doctors’ orders or recommendations. She may very well play tennis at a very high level but I fear she may suffer a collapse and do irreparable harm to her health should she persist in trying to return to tennis prematurely.

If you already say that she started training too early the first time around...then you really think she'd be so foolish to do the same thing again and even go against doctor's orders?! I don't think so.

Sp!ffy
Apr 15th, 2011, 08:41 AM
http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lh3ck9N3x91qgtfn7.gif

if you followed Venus on twitter you would know thats her French Open dress..

I remember that episode!!!!!

Toxic
Apr 15th, 2011, 01:29 PM
Oh, I see you found Serena's 2011 USO outfit, lol.

Gurl... http://i52.tinypic.com/okah6r.jpg

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 15th, 2011, 01:33 PM
This is a well written post that talks about many issues. I guess, WTA boards aren't familiar with this kind of writing. All you do is bitching about members and their favourite players.

what's all this?

FoWTA
Apr 15th, 2011, 01:42 PM
That´s not even an tennis outfit lol

Melly Flew Us
Apr 15th, 2011, 06:26 PM
what's all this?
nice one :lol:

i'm so glad serena is 'back'!
just the thought of her with a racquet in her hand makes me so happy :dance:

tkutsaar
Apr 15th, 2011, 08:30 PM
If you already say that she started training too early the first time around...then you really think she'd be so foolish to do the same thing again and even go against doctor's orders?! I don't think so.


Again my post is pure speculation and is only my opinion based on my life experiences. Also I want to state at the outset that although I’m not a fan of hers (my favorite player is Caro) I sure as hell do not wish her any ill and I sincerely hope my speculation is completely wrong.

Your surmise that it is inconceivable that Serena would disobey her doctor’s orders might be a logical assumption but unfortunately I believe there are enough examples every one of us are aware of that show that people will not follow doctor’s orders. In my own life my father suffered from diabetes and his doctor gave him a strict diet to follow. But my father found it too difficult to adhere to and died some years prematurely. Had he followed his doctor’s orders he certainly would have lived at least five years longer. In my own case I have high blood pressure and my doctor’s orders are that I must not exceed two alcoholic drinks per day. I trust you get my drift.

Getting back to Serena- you may recall her first statement after her pulmonary embolism scare was:
“While I can’t make any promises now on my return, I hope to be back by early summer.”

I interpret these words to mean that her doctors had advised her not even to think about tennis until early summer i.e. end of June at the earliest. There are two factors in play- it is obvious Serena is a competitor and wants to play. She has recovered enough from the pulmonary embolism scare that she feels fine. That is no doubt the impetus for her to start practicing and hoping for an early return.

Of course I have no medical knowledge and the human body is known to be very resilient. I concede I might be completely off track but there is also no denying that she has been absent from tennis competition for a long time considering what normally one would deem to be a very minor injury.

If we rule out medical incompetence as a factor in prolonging her absence aren’t we left with a logical supposition that she is defying medical advice? Considering her original statement of not getting back to tennis until early summer what else can we make of this story that she has started practicing this week just a little more than a month after that last medical crisis? It’s not like we have a public statement from her doctors indicating she has made a remarkable recovery ahead of normal expectations.

Serenita
Apr 15th, 2011, 08:43 PM
That´s not even an tennis outfit lol
says who?

RVD
Apr 15th, 2011, 10:40 PM
what's all this?:lol: :lol: :lol: You're so bad. :lol:

But yeah, people should give a champion of Serena's level a hell of a lot more credit than they do.

All the supposition in the world, regardless of how well-written, isn't going to even touch on the truth of what is truly going on UNLESS Serena herself says it's so. :shrug:

Plus, her fans are far more familiar with her M.O. than the casual, sometimes, intermittent, observer.
Not to say that these casual, sometimes, intermittent, observers are always wrong, but that we Serena fans will call you on your "opinion" IF it doesn't fit the character of our grlllll. :)

Olórin
Apr 15th, 2011, 10:46 PM
I interpret these words to mean that her doctors had advised her not even to think about tennis until early summer i.e. end of June at the earliest.

Ok, why?
You have no basis on which to do that. You are wildly conjecturalising what Serena's private prognosis from her doctors is based on a statement she made about when she hopes to return to tennis.

A return in early summer (June) would require a month of training - that takes us up to May. That's two weeks away - Serena is only a couple of weeks ahead of schedule and we have no idea how intensively she is training.

RVD
Apr 15th, 2011, 11:14 PM
Again my post is pure speculation and is only my opinion based on my life experiences. Also I want to state at the outset that although I’m not a fan of hers (my favorite player is Caro) I sure as hell do not wish her any ill and I sincerely hope my speculation is completely wrong.

Your surmise that it is inconceivable that Serena would disobey her doctor’s orders might be a logical assumption but unfortunately I believe there are enough examples every one of us are aware of that show that people will not follow doctor’s orders. In my own life my father suffered from diabetes and his doctor gave him a strict diet to follow. But my father found it too difficult to adhere to and died some years prematurely. Had he followed his doctor’s orders he certainly would have lived at least five years longer. In my own case I have high blood pressure and my doctor’s orders are that I must not exceed two alcoholic drinks per day. I trust you get my drift.

Getting back to Serena- you may recall her first statement after her pulmonary embolism scare was:
“While I can’t make any promises now on my return, I hope to be back by early summer.”

I interpret these words to mean that her doctors had advised her not even to think about tennis until early summer i.e. end of June at the earliest. There are two factors in play- it is obvious Serena is a competitor and wants to play. She has recovered enough from the pulmonary embolism scare that she feels fine. That is no doubt the impetus for her to start practicing and hoping for an early return.

Of course I have no medical knowledge and the human body is known to be very resilient. I concede I might be completely off track but there is also no denying that she has been absent from tennis competition for a long time considering what normally one would deem to be a very minor injury.

If we rule out medical incompetence as a factor in prolonging her absence aren’t we left with a logical supposition that she is defying medical advice? Considering her original statement of not getting back to tennis until early summer what else can we make of this story that she has started practicing this week just a little more than a month after that last medical crisis? It’s not like we have a public statement from her doctors indicating she has made a remarkable recovery ahead of normal expectations.I'm sorry to hear about your father's passing. I'm personally familiar with how such a passing can leave a lasting scar. But I think the problem with your analysis of Serena's situation is that you are attempting to equate Serena's decisions (which are on a professional athlete's level) to that of decisions of the common non-athlete.
Also, Serena is what we'd call a 'corporation'.
She has business contracts and employ many who rely on her staying alive (agents, PR folks, etc...), so that they themselves can continue to make money. So these people will keep a keen eye on her as well.
Also consider that Serena is constantly surrounded by trainers, family members, health professionals, and other supporting athletes. Not to mention the fact that no doctor would appreciate the associated bad press of being the one who caused Serena's death through inadequate care or advice.

Finally, Serena herself appears to be the type that will put her health first before anything else, since she has so much to live for, so I doubt she'd be so cavalier about her condition as to disregard what a doctor or trainer would strongly suggest under the current situation.
As a fan, I've read where she publicly stated that she'd put her health first, and heed doctors' warnings. And she has on several occasions. Why would she not do so now?

Speculation is fine. In fact, it's fun. However, you and I both know that even an athlete's word's must be coupled with what they actually do.
In other words, emotional athletes (Serena included) will often state what's in their heart if they love their given sport (i.e.: “While I can’t make any promises now on my return, I hope to be back by early summer.”). Still, it's purely wishful thinking if they themselves aren't entirely sure whether their health and physical condition will realistically be able to withstand the physical demands of their sport. So what she says tells me that she has a great desire to return, and that she's hopeful that it will be early Summer.
Reality, though, may have other plans.

Let me just say that I personally find your posts refreshing and honest. And as a die-hard Serena fan, I appreciate your tact and diplomacy while discussing her situation and this topic.
Your approach is a far cry from the frequent numb-skull-hater-idiots who constantly troll Serena threads on a daily basis. So for that alone you have my deepest respect. And I hope that you continue to post in the same eloquent style that separates you from the 'troll-crumbs' on this message board. :wavey:

bandabou
Apr 16th, 2011, 12:15 PM
Again my post is pure speculation and is only my opinion based on my life experiences. Also I want to state at the outset that although I’m not a fan of hers (my favorite player is Caro) I sure as hell do not wish her any ill and I sincerely hope my speculation is completely wrong.

Your surmise that it is inconceivable that Serena would disobey her doctor’s orders might be a logical assumption but unfortunately I believe there are enough examples every one of us are aware of that show that people will not follow doctor’s orders. In my own life my father suffered from diabetes and his doctor gave him a strict diet to follow. But my father found it too difficult to adhere to and died some years prematurely. Had he followed his doctor’s orders he certainly would have lived at least five years longer. In my own case I have high blood pressure and my doctor’s orders are that I must not exceed two alcoholic drinks per day. I trust you get my drift.

Getting back to Serena- you may recall her first statement after her pulmonary embolism scare was:
“While I can’t make any promises now on my return, I hope to be back by early summer.”

I interpret these words to mean that her doctors had advised her not even to think about tennis until early summer i.e. end of June at the earliest. There are two factors in play- it is obvious Serena is a competitor and wants to play. She has recovered enough from the pulmonary embolism scare that she feels fine. That is no doubt the impetus for her to start practicing and hoping for an early return.

Of course I have no medical knowledge and the human body is known to be very resilient. I concede I might be completely off track but there is also no denying that she has been absent from tennis competition for a long time considering what normally one would deem to be a very minor injury.

If we rule out medical incompetence as a factor in prolonging her absence aren’t we left with a logical supposition that she is defying medical advice? Considering her original statement of not getting back to tennis until early summer what else can we make of this story that she has started practicing this week just a little more than a month after that last medical crisis? It’s not like we have a public statement from her doctors indicating she has made a remarkable recovery ahead of normal expectations.

Sorry about your father...may he R.I.P.!

It's all just speculation of course. We'll see how it plays out..

heart
Apr 21st, 2011, 09:21 AM
has this been posted? sorry if it has been

http://mit.zenfs.com/218/2011/04/serena-williams-return-11-pink.jpg

http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/blog/busted_racquet/post/Serena-returns-to-the-tennis-court-wearing-skint?urn=ten-wp392

Miss Amor
Apr 21st, 2011, 09:26 AM
^ Chris Chase, in his hurry to shit another hateful article, forgot to mention that Serena wore that outfit for medical purposes.





Serena Williams’s Hot Pink Bodysuit Explained


When Serena William posted a TwitPic of herself playing tennis in a hot pink bodysuit last week, she sent the fashion world into a frenzy. “Honestly, I just Tweeted a picture in the suit and I didn’t realize it would go that crazy,” she told PEOPLE Tuesday night at the Range Rover Evogue Event in N.Y.C. And while she finds the attention to be fairly amusing, the story behind the suit is a bit more serious. “After my hematoma, I have to wear something like a long bodysuit to keep my stomach warm,” she explained, adding the skintight suit helps for compression purposes. “My practices are really … interesting right now.” Williams, who was first sidelined from the tennis courts last year by a foot injury, then her health scare, said she hopes to return to the sport soon. But she wants the focus to be more on her form, and less on her infamous fashion. “I think I’m going to come back casual,” she shared. “I don’t want to shock too many people too much. I want it to be all about my tennis.” Off the court, her illness and injury have also affected her style: “I have to wear flats,” she said, not so happily. “Hopefully, in the summer I can wear heels. I am a girl that loves heels. I can’t wait.” Until then, Williams, who said she’s “on the up” and “feeling so much better,” is “counting her blessings” and planning her next practice outfit. When asked how long she’ll be wearing the bodysuit for, she cheekily replied, “As long as you guys want to see it.” –Jenisha Watts



http://stylenews.peoplestylewatch.com/2011/04/20/serena-williamss-hot-pink-bodysuit-explained/?xid=rss-topheadlines

ivanban
Apr 21st, 2011, 09:51 AM
:oh:

Stamp Paid
Apr 21st, 2011, 10:52 AM
Gurl... http://i52.tinypic.com/okah6r.jpg:haha:

Viktymise
Apr 21st, 2011, 11:51 AM
Some of the replies in this thread are simply bizarre. If Serena has really been so injured then are people really thinking that she's going to just swan back into the game and coast to another calender grand slam or something? She's nearly 30 and hasn't played a competitive match in nearly year.

Macomere
Apr 21st, 2011, 12:05 PM
u do realise who ur talking about right....Serena Williams...not some other scrub

RenaSlam.
Apr 21st, 2011, 01:34 PM
Step.

PandoraPandora
Apr 21st, 2011, 01:46 PM
nice one :lol:

i'm so glad serena is 'back'!
just the thought of her with a racquet in her hand makes me so happy :dance:

That's how I feel. I don't see how anyone can be unhappy at the prospect of Serena back on court.

Kabibi
Apr 22nd, 2011, 12:56 AM
Some of the replies in this thread are simply bizarre. If Serena has really been so injured then are people really thinking that she's going to just swan back into the game and coast to another calender grand slam or something? She's nearly 30 and hasn't played a competitive match in nearly year.


Some people do and some people don't. But under all that opinion or wishful thinking is solid good feeling that Serena is practicing. That she will hopefully be back to tennis relatively soon.