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Venus Williams Quits U.S. Open After Serious Illness Diagnosis!

Thu, September 1, 2011 4:15pm EDT by William Earl 2 Comments

The sports superstar is diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome, a scary disease which will rob her of energy!

Venus Williams is a champion and a fighter, but she’s been forced to pull out of the U.S. Open after being diagnosed with a frightening illness!

Venus, 31, released a statement about her disease on Aug. 31, Reuters reports.

“I have recently been diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome,” she said. “(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.”

The illness drains those who suffer from it of their energy and also causes severe joint pain. We hope it doesn’t derail her long-term tennis goals!

Venus explained her illness on Good Morning America Sept. 1, saying, “As an athlete, everything’s physical for me, everything’s being fit and being in shape. The best thing that could have happened for me this summer was to feel worse, so I could get better.” spoke with a medical expert who explained Sjogren’s Syndrome, but pointed out that it cannot be cured.

“Sjogrens’ disease is an autoimmune disease that effects more than 4,000,000 people in the US; 9 out of 10 are women,” the expert said. “Sjogren’s cannot be cured, but symptoms can be controlled. The body attacks itself causing inflammation with painful joints and fatigue.”

Thankfully, Venis won’t be out of commission forever — she should be able to play tennis again eventually.

“With the proper treatment and rest, she would go into remission and resume normal activity,” the medical professional said.

We hope Venus is able to recover and get back to the courts as soon as possible!

— William Earl