Venus Williams Pulls Out of U.S. Open, Reveals She Has Sjorgen's Syndrome

Posted on August 31, 2011

Venus Williams shocked the tennis world today by announcing she is pulling out of the US Open after playing only one match. Venus withdrew from her second match against 22nd-seed German Sabine Lisicki, just minutes before she was supposed to play. Venus revealed she suffers from the autoimmune disease Sjorgren's Syndrome. Venus said,
"I'm really disappointed to have to withdraw from this year's U.S. Open. I have recently been 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.

I enjoyed playing my first match here and I wish I could continue but right now I am unable to. I am thankful I finally have a diagnosis and am now focused on getting better and returning to the court soon."
Sjorgen's Syndrome often accompanies other autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Although there is no cure, the symptoms of fatigue, dry mouth, dry eyes and joint pain can be treated. You can read the Mayo Clinic's entry on Sjorgen's Syndrome here.
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