Venus Williams recalls her first title after being diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome



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Venus Williams recalls her first title after being diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome

Former world No. 1 Venus Williams uses Instagram to give regular updates to her fans and this time she decided to reflect on winning her first title after she was diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome. In 2011, Williams was diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease.

After missing the majority of the 2011 season and the beginning of the 2012 season, Williams kicked off her 2012 season in Miami. It took some time for Williams to find her game as she won her first title of the year in October at the Luxembourg Open.

"This one is a different story of when everything was going wrong and you don't really know you're gonna make it when you have to keep going and you have to put your best foot forward," Williams said, per Sportskeeda.

"This is a trophy for my first tournament coming back from taking time off from autoimmune disease. So this is 2012 Luxembourg Open, very cool, very abstract, very heavy, I dropped it along the way over here, twice."

It was the 44th title of Williams' career

"This was my first tournament win, coming back from autoimmune disease and I went to the tournament and scary, it was scary. I didn't know how much I could give, I didn't feel well still and I still decided to play tennis, and when you show up, you gotta show up, you can't complain, you gotta compete.

So I got there and didn't know how much I could give, I just showed up and I gave it my best. I put my head down and put my best foot forward every single moment even though I didn't know what that moment was going to bring," Williams added.

After Luxembourg, Williams didn't participate in any other events in the rest of the 2011 season. In the next few years, Williams won five more titles, pushing her title number to 49.