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Venus Williams fades away quietly

Updated: May 31, 2012, 10:21 AM ET
By Joanne C. Gerstner

PARIS -- Venus Williams explains that her life, these days, is about trying to have fun while playing tennis. She has no concrete expectations about the results, thanks to living with Sjogren's syndrome, a chronic and incurable autoimmune disease.

She prays for the strength to be her best, never knowing what the answer will be until she steps onto the court.

Unfortunately for Williams, a good attitude wasn't enough during Wednesday's second round of the French Open. ...

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