Radar Staff Reporter
Tennis superstar Serena Williams has admitted that she was on her ‘death bed’ at one point during the mystery illness that almost ended both her life and glittering career.
And the pin-up star opened-up about just how sick she really was as she tries to re-build both her life and career.
She told the BBC: “I’m so excited to be back – I was on my death bed quite literally.
“At first I didn’t appreciate that (the severity of the illness).”
She was in a restaurant with her nephew and when she left she felt something jag into her foot causing it to bleed.
“At first people said it would be fine, it would be all right but it turned out to be a lot more serious.
“It got to the stage where it felt like I could hardly breathe. Some days I didn't get out of bed at all. I just laid on a couch thinking 'why has this happened to me?'
“This has given me a whole new perspective on life and my career - and not taking anything for granted. I'm just taking one day at a time. I'm not preparing for today or for Wimbledon. I'm preparing for the rest of my career.”
The younger Williams sister only started practicing again last month and she admits she does not know how she will perform once she gets back on the World Tennis Association tour.
Before her injury Serena Williams was regarded as one of the best female players of all time winning 13 Grand Slam titles and amassing more than $23 million in prize money.