Venus Williams has withdrawn from the US Open, shortly before his second-round match Wednesday, said she was diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease which can cause fatigue and joint pains.
The 31 year old American champion at Flushing Meadows in 2000 and 2001, played his first game in two months, as it hit Monday Vesna Dolonts 6-4, 6-3 in the first round. Williams faced 22 and seeded Sabine Lisicki Wednesday.
Williams cited a virus by extracting TuneUp hardcourt tournaments between Wimbledon and the U.S..
"I like playing the first match here, and I hope that I could continue, but now I can not," Williams said in a statement issued by tournament. "I am grateful I finally diagnosed and now I'm concentrating on getting better and come back soon in court."
According to the website of the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation, the disease is a chronic autoimmune disease in which cells in human white blood cells attack their moisture-producing glands. The most common symptoms include dry eyes and dry mouth. Like many Americans are sick as 4000000.
In rare cases it can cause arthritis and joint pain, said Dr. John Fitzgerald, director of clinical rheumatology at UCLA. Fitzgerald is not involved in the treatment of Williams and do not know your symptoms or medical history. But, he says, if Williams has the typical symptoms, "does not seem life threatening or career ending."
Williams arrived at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Wednesday hours before the game would start and I tried warming hit by bullets.
Despite winning seven Grand Slam titles, Williams was seeded at the U.S. Open due to their classification has been reduced to 36 after a year of little action. Since reaching the semifinals of the United States last year, Open, Williams has played only 11 games, and projects of the WTA ranking out of 100.
After the victory Monday, Venus Williams was asked about the illness that forced her to miss tournaments this summer. He said that during the night, has been diagnosed, but does not say what.
"He was just sucking the energy and could not play professional tennis," he said Monday. "It's disappointing because I had big plans for this summer, of course, improve my ranking. Miss out on all these points was certainly devastating. Just so long miss out was daunting. But I am very excited to be back."
Lisicki said he saw Venus Williams, the practice fields, locker rooms, and is expected to play their game - until the referee of the tournament transferable to news of cancellation.
"It 'a difficult girl, and I think it will come back. You know, it would be a shame if he could not," said Lisicki. "Serena and Venus are both incredible players, and it is nice to have women's sports. I hope it comes back." Venus Williams Was Diagnosed Sjogren's Syndrome