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SPORTS: Venus Williams Diagnosed With Sjogren's Syndrome, WITHDRAWS From The U.S. Open

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Earlier today, Venus Williams announced that due to a newly diagnosed autoimmune disease, she is withdrawing from the US Open. Deets inside......

 

It was a bittersweet week for tennis icon Venus Williams who won her first match in two months, beating Vesna Dolonts 6-4, 6-3 at the U.S. Open on MOnday, but was forced to pull out of the tournament earlier today.

She issued a statement saying,

''I have been recently 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.''

She continued,

''I enjoyed playing my first match here and 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.''

She ended her statement by adding,

"'I'm really disappointed to have to withdraw from this year's US Open.''

Meanwhile, her sister Serena is doing well in her matches, recently beating Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia, 6-1, 6-1, in 56 minutes.

Two years ago, Serena had a profane outburst at the U.S. Open after a linewwoman called her for a foot fault. The NY Times asked her about the incident and she replied,

“I just remember I lost, and that was that. I got really popular. A lot of people were telling me they thought I was super cool, that they’d never seen me so intense. So, yeah, it was awesome.”

Well now that Venus has been sidelined, Serena must carry the torch. Let's just hope no one pisses her off this year.

 

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Venus has always conducted herself like a true lady, with quiet grace & class. She is a true trailblazer & has changed the sport forever (demanding equal prize money for women & as an African American role model, not to mention learning the game on the public courts of Compton). Her first match of the US Open was played beautifully! I hope she comes back from this illness & is able to retire on her own terms. Tennis majors without the Williams sisters are just.....lacking! In the meantime, GO SERENA!
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Venus has always conducted

Venus has always conducted herself like a true lady, with quiet grace & class. She is a true trailblazer & has changed the sport forever (demanding equal prize money for women & as an African American role model, not to mention learning the game on the public courts of Compton). Her first match of the US Open was played beautifully! I hope she comes back from this illness & is able to retire on her own terms. Tennis majors without the Williams sisters are just.....lacking! In the meantime, GO SERENA!
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Venus seems like she's Happy

Venus seems like she's Happy to get a Break from Tennis.....lol
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Venus probably needs to leave

Venus probably needs to leave tennis, that is a lot of energy she is putting into it and her body may not be able to keep up anymore, she has had an outstanding career, but her health is more important, but I know its easier said than done
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Get well Venus!

Get well Venus!
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serena is just unnecesarily

serena is just unnecesarily rude at times. Be a professional please!
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Best of Luck to Venus in

Best of Luck to Venus in dealing with her illness. You can only push your body so far, for so long. I know she might not want to leave tennis but it might be time to call it quits. On to the next one Venus.
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Get Well soon,Venus you are truly a class act !!
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Well it ain't the blood of Satan, honey. I'm just sayin'!
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Wow I jus look up some info

Wow I jus look up some info on her condition and it really sad to hear... No cure and dukes up symptoms but I pray the blood of Jesus on her life cus no one deserves to have to live a painful life... I pray she get thru this rough time...
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Wow I jus look up some info

Wow I jus look up some info on her condition and it really sad to hear... No cure and dukes up symptoms but I pray the blood of Jesus on her life cus no one deserves to have to live a painful life... I pray she get thru this rough time...
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Wow I jus look up some info

Wow I jus look up some info on her condition and it really sad to hear... No cure and dukes up symptoms but I pray the blood of Jesus on her life cus no one deserves to have to live a painful life... I pray she get thru this rough time...
Usoundugly's picture

The Williams family has been

The Williams family has been through it! Every test produces a testimony! I hope she overcomes this and comes back better than ever!
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That's horrible. I hope Venus

That's horrible. I hope Venus finds a way around her illness that will allow her to play in the future. Many blessings to her.
Anonymous's picture

my prays will be with her and

my prays will be with her and her family
wolfprada's picture

sends out my warmest

sends out my warmest blessing, and the Lord is mightful and heals all!!!
Anonymous's picture

HOW IS HER HAVING A DISEASE A

HOW IS HER HAVING A DISEASE A SIGN FOR HER TO STOP PLAYING A SPORT SHE IS GOOD AT. LOOK HOW LONG BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL PLAYERS PLAY. THAT IS A HORRIBLE THING TO SAY HER GETTING A DISEASE BEING A SIGN TO QUITE TENNIS. WTF. SHE SHOULD GET WELL AND CONTINUE HER CRAFT UNTIL SHE FEELS IT IS TIME TO RETIRE. DO WE QUITE ARE CAREER IN ITS PRIME, NO! GET WELL VENUS, AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU ON A SPEEDY RECOVERY!!!!
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i feel bad for the williams

i feel bad for the williams sisters and all of their recent health troubles. healing energy to both of them.
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I follow tennis closely:

I follow tennis closely: Venus has a case of "I really don't wanna play anymore but I have to much endorsement money coming in so I'll enter the Grand Slam Tournaments (as my contract requires) then I'll drop out early due to injury or illness" TRUST ME
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shut the fuck up stupid like

shut the fuck up stupid like you a guru and know it all
wolfprada's picture

see.....you think I'm smart;

see.....you think I'm smart; therefore, by calling me stupid, you're using a defense mechanism to cover up your own insecurities and the fact that you refuse to believe what I said.
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LOL...i think u are wrong

LOL...i think u are wrong about Venus though
Anonymous's picture

I probably am....but I get

I probably am....but I get all these evil bitchy thoughts (afterall, I'm Lisa Raye's subconsciousness)
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oh i see! hahahaha

oh i see! hahahaha
Anonymous's picture

Venus, may you be covered and

Venus, may you be covered and protected in the blood of Jesus. You are a trailblazer and I know that you will conquer this disease, after all you are a child of God.
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YES. I don't mean to get all

YES. I don't mean to get all "sanctified", but Venus, honey...God is still in the healing business! Whose report do YOU believe?!
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God has blessed her with so

God has blessed her with so much, He still has His eyes on her. She is a warrior.
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God is a Healer!

God is a Healer!
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Perhaps that's a sign that

Perhaps that's a sign that it's time to move on into other ventures. You have proven to the world that you are a WINNER and I'm so proud of you. God's Blessings continuously be upon you.
Anonymous's picture

Perhaps that's a sign that

Perhaps that's a sign that it's time to move on into other ventures. You have proven to the world that you are a WINNER and I'm so proud of you. God's Blessings continuously be upon you.
Anonymous's picture

Venus I'm praying for you.

Venus I'm praying for you.
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Anonymous's picture

Seriously?

Seriously?
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