Tennis queen Venus Williams has been playing the game for years now. She started playing pro at 14, and currently at the age of 31, she has amassed many accolades, including Wimbledon championships and formerly being ranked as the number one female player in the world. But Williams had to pull out of the U.S. Open yesterday, pulling out of her second round match after revealing that she was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome.
The disease is said to have some non-serious setbacks and symptoms, such as extreme dry mouth and eyes. It also is said to attack your energy level and joints. But in it’s most extreme form, it can cause joint swelling, kidney and lung disease. Dr. Eric Matteson, chairman of the rheumatology department at the Mayo Clinic said the following about the disease to the Los Angeles Times:
“An athlete might see a very dramatic drop in his or her level of performance, even once the disease is under control. I’d love to see her back at the top of her game,” Matteson said. “But I don’t think it’s a guarantee.”
We’re rooting for Venus over here and hope that she has a mild form of the disease and can get back to the game with no trouble. But it’s clear she needs to take it easy for now.