Venus Williams Pulls Out of U.S. Open

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Venus Williams of the United States returns a forehand against Roberta Vinci of Italy during the Women's Singles first round match on day one of the 2010 U.S. Open. (Al Bello/Getty)

The United States is faring well in the U.S. Open so far, with Christina McHale hailing a victory against France yesterday. But there was bad news for the U.S. team yesterday, as well. Venus Williams announced that she has pulled out of the tournament, due to health problems related to Sjögren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes joint pain and fatigue.

Karen Crouse, a reporter for our partner, The New York Times, discusses Sjögren's syndrome and what this means for Williams' career.


Karen Crouse

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Arwa Gunja

Comments [1]

What does this mean for her sister, Serena , and how will this affect her gameplay. Depending on how much emotional impact Venus's diagnosis was to Serena, it could make a significant impact on her playing in the tournament. I know it would for me.

Sep. 04 2011 01:30 PM

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