“Playing through the pain…” – Serena Williams revealed how a traumatic battle with an “invisible” illness severely impacted her chances of winning

Legendary American tennis star Serena Williams has suffered many injuries throughout her career, as do most athletes. However, a certain injury or illness has cost her many titles and Grand Slams.

In a 2020 interview, Serena Williams spoke of suffering from migraines since she was 20. This problem prevented her from reaching her full potential in many tournaments. In addition, she cannot speak publicly about it because it is not a matter of physical harm.


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Serena Williams opened up about her struggles with migraines

In an interview with the 23-time Grand Slam champion said,Migraines aren’t a knee injury — it’s something you can’t physically see… You can’t really say, “Oh, Dad, I have migraines. I will stop playing’. People say, “I don’t see any swelling. I don’t see bruises. Hard through’. I’ve gotten used to playing through the pain.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after suffering injury before retiring from her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

She also refused many times to address her migraine problem during press conferences because she didn’t want to excuse her defeats. You can’t go to a press conference when the media is asking, “Well, what happened?” and say, “Well, I had a migraine attack”. I had to find a way to deal with it.” she continued.

Especially last year Serena Williams suffered a hamstring injury Wimbledon Championships, which forced her off the tennis court for nearly a year. Aside from that, Williams suffered from a knee injury in the early stages of her career. It’s also worth noting that Williams also had a problem with blood clots in her body and struggled with it during the birth of her daughter Olympia.

A look at Serena’s illustrious career


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Despite many injuries, Williams had arguably one of the greatest tennis careers of all time. She has won many awards throughout her career, including 23 Grand Slam titles, the second most in tennis history behind Margaret Court.

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Apart from that, so does she won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles and four Olympic gold medals. Since making her professional debut in 1995, she has dominated the sport for almost 20 years. In 1999 she won her first Grand Slam title US Open at the age of 18 and her last Grand Slam title came in 2017 Australian Open.


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Although she didn’t equal Margaret Court’s record, many still consider her the greatest of all time. Recently at the US Open, Serena Williams said goodbye to tennis on her home lawn.

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