Venus Williams Withdraws From U.S. Open, Fighting Autoimmune Disease

September 1, 2011 Updated Sep 1, 2011 at 12:32 PM EDT

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Venus Williams Withdraws From U.S. Open, Fighting Autoimmune Disease

September 1, 2011 Updated Sep 1, 2011 at 12:32 PM EDT

Women's tennis star Venus Williams withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday, citing a recently diagnosed autoimmune disease, according to a USA Today story. 

In a statement after withdrawing from her second-round match, Williams, 31, said she was recently diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, a medical condition that causes fatigue and joint pain.

Read the entire USA Today story HERE.