‘Has Been by My Side for Many Years’ – Serena Williams Left Devastated After Close Friend Gets Diagnosed With Cancer

Published 05/18/2022, 10:51 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after sustaining an injury before retiring from her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester

Over the years, the 23-times Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams, has enthralled tennis fans with her audacious displays on the tennis court. Moreover, she has been an inspiration for many to fight all odds to succeed in their careers.

Serena has consistently performed at the top level. Further, major credit for this goes to her doctor, Esther Lee. She traveled with Serena over the years and the two struck a close-knit bond and became good friends. Recently, the American legend announced grim news about her friend.

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Serena Williams’ close friend Esther Lee diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

The former World Number 1 took to Instagram to share devastating news about her doctor and close friend, Esther Lee. Further, sharing a post on her official Instagram handle, she said, “@estalee11 has been by my side for many years, and it was an honor to do the same for her after the devastation of her pancreatic cancer diagnoses. This @sportsillustrated story gives you a glimpse into the wildly fearless and brave road to recovery, and the many people she has inspired along the way. I couldn’t be more grateful to call her my friend.”  

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Along with Serena, Esther was also the doctor for Venus Williams on the tour. She made sure that the Williams sisters stayed away from injuries and had a smooth road to recovery if injured. However, Serena was left devastated after Lee was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Additionally, Serena’s husband, Alexis Ohanian, also showed his love and support for Lee, saying, “We LOVE YOU,” on his official Instagram handle.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 07: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her. Women’s Singles final match against. Bianca Andreescu of Canada on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the. USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

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On the tennis front, Serena is aiming to make a comeback later this year. She has been away from tennis for over ten months now because of a hamstring injury. However, if she gets back to full fitness in time, we might see Serena in action as soon as the Wimbledon Championships.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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