June 25, 2012 |
Venus Williams, a five-time Wimbledon champion, lost in the first round Monday to Elena Vesnina of Russia, 6-1, 6-3. Williams, who is ranked 58th in the world, was able to break Vesnina's serve only once. Vesnina, who is ranked 78th, broke Williams' serve five times. It was Williams' earliest loss since her first Wimbledon appearance 15 years ago. Williams suffers from the autoimmune disease Sjogren's syndrome, which can cause extreme fatigue and joint pain. When asked Monday whether she'll continue to play after the Olympics in London next month, Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, remained optimistic.
August 31, 2011 |
Tennis star Venus Williams has withdrawn from the U.S. Open shortly before her second-round match, announcing that she has been diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that can lead to dry eyes, dry mouth and painful joint problems. "I am thankful I finally have a diagnosis and am now focused on getting better and returning to the court soon," said Williams, who has spent considerable time off the court for various health issues, from a hip injury to a viral infection. Sjogren's (pronounced "show-grins")
January 18, 2013 |
Maria Sharapova turned a third-round match against Venus Williams at the Australian Open on Friday into a straight-set rout. The 6-1, 6-3 victory for the lanky Russian ended with an ace at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. “I think when we both looked at the draw, it was a matchup we were both looking forward to,” Sharapova said afterward. “I was a really determined player out there because I knew the tennis that she's capable of producing and playing. She's a tremendous athlete and a great champion.” Sharapova, who won her first two matches of the tournament without dropping a game, will play unseeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium in the fourth round.
April 26, 2013 |
Tennis star Venus Williams was in Santa Monica on Thursday, doing fitness demonstrations, leading regular, less-in-shape folks in some exercise and promoting Jamba Juice because she likes to be able to add wheatgrass shots to her juice. Since announcing at the 2011 U.S. Open that she suffered from Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that affects her energy levels and can leave her eyes and mouth exceptionally dry, Williams has taken the lead in learning about nutrition, diet and just about everything else about her body.
August 1, 2012 |
WIMBLEDON -- John Isner stayed in the hunt for a medal for the U.S. tennis team in the Olympics at Wimbledon on Wednesday, but next up is No. 1 Roger Federer. Isner, the only remaining U.S. man in the draw, got into yet another long duel at Wimbledon, winning this time over Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, 7-5, 7-6 (14). His match with Federer will be a quarterfinal. Another U.S. player, Venus Williams, a gold medal winner in three Olympics--twice in women's doubles and once in singles, lost to Germany's Angelique Kerber in two tiebreakers, with an identical 7-5 tiebreaker score in each.
January 10, 2012 |
Tennis star Venus Williams has withdrawn from the Australian Open, more than four months after announcing that she has Sjogren's syndrome . "After several months of training and treatment, I am making steady progress to top competitive form," the 31-year-old wrote on her website Monday. "My diet and fitness regimen have allowed me to make great strides in terms of my health and I am very close to being able to return to WTA competition. " Williams finished, "I have every intention to return to the circuit in February.