Serena Williams will able to attend the royal wedding after all.
After pulling out of the Italian Open in Rome, Williams, 36, can now join Meghan Markle and Prince Harry when they tie the knot on Saturday.
Following a 14-month absence after the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia, Williams returned to the tour briefly but withdrew from last week’s Madrid Open and this week’s Italian Open.
Coach Patrick Mouratoglou said via Reuters that when Williams arrived to train with him in France late last month, “Serena had to rebuild her body. When she arrived at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, around April 30, we realized that she was not ready yet.”
He continued, “The time she lost after the delivery, with all the medical issues she had to go through, was missing.”
Williams recently detailed her traumatic birthing experience in an op-ed for CNN.
“It began with a pulmonary embolism, which is a condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs becomes blocked by a blood clot. Because of my medical history with this problem, I live in fear of this situation. So, when I fell short of breath, I didn’t wait a second to alert the nurses,” Williams recounted. “This sparked a slew of health complications that I am lucky to have survived.”
She’ll make her comeback later this month at the French Open.
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