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Serena Williams still taking precautions over ‘incredibly frightening’ health issues

From Metro UK

Williams is still concerned by bloot clot issues (Picture: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Serena Williams admitted she’s ‘definitely still concerned’ by the formulation of blood clots in her legs as she continues to take measures to avoid it when playing competitive tennis.

The 37-year-old mother of one almost died after complications when giving birth to her only child in September 2017 and has since worn compression stockings at every event upon her return to professional sport.

Williams suffered with a pulmonary embolism back in 2011, while she had to undergo emergency surgery to tackle clots on her lungs during the delivery of her daughter.

Williams was in good form on Tuesday (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

The 23-time Grand Slam winner arrived at Melbourne Park on Tuesday for her first competitive match of the new season in a green playsuit, which she has dubbed as the ‘Serena-tard’, and compression tights.

Asked about the leggings, Williams admitted she was still anxious about the build-up of clots in her legs and finds deep vein thrombosis ‘incredibly frightening’.

‘Definitely still concerned,’ she said after her 6-0 6-2 win over Tatjana Maria. ‘I have had some issues, and they’re not done.

‘So it’s just something I just have to do for pretty much probably the rest of my career, we’ll see. But I’m always at the doctor.

‘With DVTs, it’s very scary. I know a lot of people – they’re very common. A lot of people have them. Especially for me it’s incredibly frightening.

‘I lay on the side of precaution as opposed to not.’

Williams, meanwhile, refused to comment on the topic of on-court coaching, as she looks to swerve questions regarding the US Open final.

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