Venus Williams withdraws from US Open 2011 due to Sjogren’s syndrome

By on Sep 2, 2011 in Sports, Tennis, United States, World Comments


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Seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams withdrew from the U.S. Open 2011 in New York on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 due to an illness called Sjogren’s syndrome.

According to US news sites on Thursday, Venus Williams can no longer continue to play on the said tournament because of this auto-immune disease.

As noted at New York Daily, her illness is a medical condition which affects the body’s moisture-producing glands and causes fatigue and joint pain. This illness has an unknown cure, but its symptoms could be treated.

She was about to play against with Sabine Lisicki in the second round of the tournament when she decided to leave the tournament.

“I think I’ve had issues with Sjogren‘s for a while. It just wasn’t diagnosed. The good news for me is now I know what’s happening.” Venus Williams told ABC‘s Good Morning America anchor Elizabeth Vargas.

“I had trouble with stamina. “I had swelling and numbness and fatigue, which was really debilitating. I just didn’t have any energy.” She added.

On the first round last Monday, Venus Williams won over Russia’s Vesna Dolonts (6-4, 6-30) and was noted to be having a scorching play this year.

The 31-year old older sister of Serena Williams has been engaged only in 11 matches since US Open 2010 semi-finals and attained 36th place in the world rankings.



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