Serena Williams is giving an update on her big sister Venus Williams’ health.
Venus dealt the world a two-fold shock last week when it was reported that she was dropping out of the U.S. Open because of her battle with Sjögren’s syndrome, which is an autoimmune disease.
Following her win against Victoria Azarenka at the U.S. Open on Saturday, Serena told People magazine that her sister’s health has improved. "She’s doing better," Serena revealed. "It’s a day-at-a-time kind of a thing. Her spirits are good, however."
This is the second time in a year that the Williams sisters careers have hit a speedbump due to illness. Last spring, Serena was sidelined by pulmonary emoblisim and had to undergo emegency treatment to remove blood clot in her leg. Venus’ condition put a new view on the game for Serena.
"Tennis is great, but [Venus’s illness] puts everything in perspective," the younger Williams sister confessed. "I love playing tennis and I love the battle, but I realize that life is so precious and it isn’t all about tennis."
Sjögren’s syndrome could have a negative affect on Venus’s career on the court as a result of the fatigue and joint pain she suffers. Serena said that she’s doing what she can for Venus, and that includes bringing home her fourth U.S. Open title in women’s singles.
"She would definitely be happy," Serena said. "It would be really exciting for her and make her feel better."