Venus Williams, the two-time tennis champion, was touched with a bit of sorrow when she said goodbye to the U.S. Open for 2011- this is not because of the terms and certainly not what her fans would expect.
The headliner of the game for almost 15 years announced its withdrawal last Wednesday after revealing that she has been diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome. It’s a disease that has been draining her energy all summer and made it too much for her to go on.
“I enjoyed playing my first match here, and wish I could continue but right now I am unable to,” she said in a statement. “I am thankful I finally have a diagnosis and am now focused on getting better and returning to the court soon.”
She waved at everyone before leaving on a courtesy car. She did not answer any questions too thrown by the reporters at her.
The illness that Venus have is not considered as threatening its career – dry mouth and eyes are the common symptoms, it also associated with fatigue and sore joints.
She can still make it back at some point, under what conditions, but it still remains a big question.