‘Playing Through the Pain..’- Serena Williams Disclosed How a Traumatic Battle With an ‘Unseen’ Disease Badly Affected Her Winning Chances

Legendary American tennis star Serena Williams has suffered many injuries throughout her career, as most athletes do. However, one particular injury, or disease in particular, cost her from winning many titles and Grand Slams. In an interview in 2020, Serena Williams talked about suffering from migraine since the age of 20. Because of this issue, she could not play to her full potential in many tournaments. Moreover, she could not discuss it publically, as it was not a physical injury.

Serena Williams talked about her problems with migraine.

 Williams said, “Migraine isn’t a knee injury — it’s something you can’t physically see… You can’t really say, ‘Oh, Dad, I have a migraine. I’m going to stop playing’. People are like,’‘I don’t see swelling. I don’t see bruising. Tough it out’. I got used to playing through the pain.” 

She also declined to address her migraine problem many times during press conferences.

As Williams did not want to give excuses for her defeats. “You can’t go into a press conference with the media asking, ‘Well, what happened?’ and say, ‘Well I had a migraine attack’. I had to figure out a way to work through it,” she further said. 

Times when Williams was out of action.

Last year, Serena Williams suffered a hamstring injury at the Wimbledon Championships, which forced her out of the tennis court for almost a year. Other than that, Williams had a knee injury during the early stages of her career. Williams had an issue with blood clots during the birth of her daughter Olympia.

A look at Serena’s illustrious career.

Over the span of her career, she won plenty of accolades, including 23 Grand Slam titles, she also won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles along with four Olympic Gold medals. Since making her professional debut in 1995, she dominated the sport for almost 20 years.

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