The two times U.S. Open winner explained to People: ‘I couldn’t raise my arm over my head, the racket felt like concrete. I had no feelings in my hands. They were swollen and itchy. I realised it would be a miserable show.’
After she sensationally dropped out of the U.S. Open in August, tennis star Venus Williams revealed she was suffering from an incurable immune system disease that threatened to end her career.
Less than four months later, as she learns more about Sjogren’s Disease and makes the adjustments in her life to better deal with it, the 31-year-old opens up about how it has affected her life.
Speaking to People magazine about her illness, she said: ‘I’ve been going hard the past few weeks and it scares me, I need to avoid stress or I’ll get sicker and go backwards.’