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Venus Williams pulls out with illness

Updated: September 1, 2011, 12:57 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Two days after playing her first match in two months, Venus Williams suddenly pulled out of the U.S. Open on Wednesday, revealing she was recently diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that can cause joint pain.

The 31-year-old American has won seven Grand Slam titles, including at Flushing Meadows in 2000 and 2001.

"I enjoyed playing my first match here and wish I could continue but right now I am unable to," Williams said in a statement released by ...

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