4
| Sports |

Sony Ericsson: Venus Williams Bigger Than Sjogren's Syndrome

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Venus Williams didn't let a little Sjogren's Syndrome get in her way at the first women's singles match of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne yesterday.

No, no, she showed that disorder who was boss and whooped Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm in a 77 minute-long short match (6-0, 6-3).

The 31 year-old hasn't played a tournament in six months.

Rust, fatigue, and mercy were the only things that lacked in the multiple Grand Slam champion's grunt-laden comeback, though.

Williams told ESPN "just being here was a win; told myself going into this: this is a win. Just to train and get back at this level."

Oh, stop being modest, Venus... you know as much as we do: you're a certified beast. Get it, girl.

The autoimmune condition that she was diagnosed with last summer didn't make so much as an appearance to the Wednesday afternoon match. We must note, though, that symptoms include fatigue and chronic joint pain.

"I've never considered retirement," she told The Miami Herald on her reaction to the diagnosis.

Williams' rank dropped to No. 134 from her six-month hiatus but she was lucky enough to enter the main draw of the Sony Ericsson Open on a wild card. Even more power to her.

Her next opponent may pose a bigger threat to her sure-to-be Sony success: Petra Kvitova, who currently ranks No. 3 in the world.

Then again, maybe it won't be a threat at all. Ancient Greek goddesses work in mysterious ways.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.