Injured Venus Williams Withdraws From U.S. Open

Celebrity Body Aug. 31, 2011 AT 7:36PM
Injured Venus Williams Withdraws From U.S. Open Credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Venus Williams will be watching the rest of the U.S. Open from the sidelines.

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The 31-year-old tennis player pulled out of the tournament Wednesday, citing medical reasons. Williams was recently diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain.

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"I enjoyed playing my first match here and wish I could continue but right now I am unable to," she said in a statement. "I am thankful I finally have a diagnosis and am now focused on getting better and returning to the court soon."

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Williams' withdrawal allowed tennis pro Sabine Lisicki to move forward to the third round. "I think she's a tough girl and I think she'll come back," Lisicki said of Williams. "You know, it would be unfortunate if she couldn't."

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