Sorry Tennis fans, looks like you might not be seeing a Venus vs. Serena match any time soon…
Just as her little sis is getting back into the swing of things after months of dealing with health issues, Venus has decided to pull out of the US Open to deal with her own illness.
“I’m really disappointed to have to withdraw from this year’s U.S. Open,” Williams said in a statement from Flushing Meadows, New York. She then revealed the shocking news about her medical illness: “I have recently been diagnosed with Sjorgren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease which is an ongoing medical condition that affects my energy level and causes fatigue and join pain.”
The 31-year-old is a seven-time Grand Slam champion, but she has struggled with health problems this year. She has only played four tournaments so far and a viral illness and abdominal injury kept her sidelined most of the year.
Sjorgen’s is a disease that attacks the body’s moisture glands with white blood cells and causes various symptoms ranging from dry mouth to debilitating fatigue, according to the Sjorgen’s Syndrome Foundation website
Venus did not say when she would return to tennis.
We hope focusing on her well being and nothing else will get Venus back on the healthy side of things quickly.