Venus Williams opens on Sjogren’s syndrome diagnosis

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams suggested she felt relieved after being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome because before the diagnose she was always feeling tired. 

In 2011, Williams was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease. 

After getting the diagnosis, Williams was able to finally get a proper treatment for her problem. 

“I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Sjogren’s syndrome,” Williams said in a conversation with Erin Andrews at BIO2022. “Before that, I just would, I felt like I could never get into shape and it made me feel lazy. Because all I have ever done is work hard and it was difficult to work hard and I still worked but I didn’t want to work because I felt so bad. I would periodically go to the doctor and say I don’t feel well , I can’t, I’m constantly exhausted. That went on for about seven years before I got too sick.”

Williams on how the London Olympics lifted her spirits

After playing just five tournaments in 2011, Williams kicked off her 2022 season in March at a WTA1000 event in Miami.

Four months later, Williams represented the United States at the London Olympics. 

At the Olympics, Williams reached the round-of-16, before losing to Angelique Kerber.

Williams didn’t get the gold medal in the Olympics singles event but she and her sister Serena brought the United States the gold medal in the women’s doubles event. 

“It wasn’t great. What really lifted me was the Olympics,” Williams added. “2012, it was London. I love The Look picks. It just came back as an Olympic sport and 88. My dad would have us watch all of these films, these Olympic films, it was a part of our mental training. I was like eight years old. We would watch Greg Lu gain us, Jackie Jordan Kersey. My dad loved the Olympics.”