The hits keep coming for Venus Williams and her ongoing health issues that are affecting her professional tennis career in a big way. Today, after withdrawing from her US Open second round match versus Sabine Lisicki, Venus Williams announced that she diagnosed with the autoimmune disease called Sjogren’s Syndrome.
Sjogren’s Syndrome, also known as Sicca Syndrome, is an autoimmune disease where white blood cells attack and kill the exocrine glands. Exocrine glands produce tears and saliva. The Syndrome is named after Swedish ophthalmologist Henrik Sjögren who first described it. Apparently, the little known disease affects 4 million Americans.
In the case of Venus Williams, Sjogren’s Syndrome is causing fatigue, low energy levels, as well as joint pain. The affliction has caused her to not play tennis competitively all summer.
You can find out more about the syndrome at the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation website.