Venus Williams abruptly withdrew from the US Open on Wednesday citing Sjogren’s syndrome as the cause of her withdrawal.
Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain, while long-term problems can also arise from the disease.
According to USA Today the star tennis player had been suffering from an “energy-sucking” illness for years, however it wasn’t until recently that she had a name for her illness.
Regardless of the disease and the toll it was taking on her body, Williams reported to the court on Monday and managed to pull off a victory, while talking in an upbeat manner about her health during her withdrawal from the tourney, telling reporters:
“I enjoyed playing my first match here and wish I could continue but right now I am unable to,” while she added, “I am thankful I finally have a diagnosis and am now focused on getting better and returning to the court soon.”
Venus Williams announced her disease in a simple statement that read:
“’I have been recently diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease which is an ongoing medical condition that affects my energy level and causes fatigue and joint pain.”
Fans of the star tennis player believe she’ll be back on the court as soon as possible and given her fighting nature on the courts I have to agree with those supporters.
Do you believe Venus Williams can once again dominate on the courts with an energy deficiency disease.
Sjogren’s disease affects more than four million people in the United States.