Venus to make comeback against Serena in Colombia
Venus Williams plans to make her comeback in an exhibition match
against her sister Serena in Colombia next Wednesday after being
forced to pull out of the U.S. Open because of an immune system
Venus told Thursday’s Gazzetta dello Sport that she has changed
her diet to fill it with vegetables after being diagnosed with
Sjogren’s syndrome, which can cause fatigue and joint pain.
After playing Serena in Medellin, Venus will then pair with her
sister against Italian pair Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta
in another exhibition match in Milan on Dec. 3.
Serena also hasn’t played since losing to Sam Stosur in the U.S.
”I did a lot of medical therapy and a serious evaluation of my
diet to understand which foods help control the symptoms better,”
Venus Williams told the Gazzetta, which is sponsoring the Milan
”And that’s why I’ve completely changed my diet and filled it
with a lot of vegetables. In the meantime, I’ve continued to keep
myself fit with tennis and in the gym,” Venus added. ”I’m very
confident in my progress.”
Having also missed a large part of this season due to injuries,
Venus’ ranking has fallen to No. 103. She is planning to return to
the WTA Tour in January at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New
”The London Olympics are a big goal,” the five-time Wimbledon
champion said. ”I would like to continue playing at my best level.
I love tennis and the racket seems like it was made explicitly for
”Within the next 12 months, I’m expecting to get back to the
top of the rankings in singles and doubles. I want to play all year
long. I’ve still got a lot of work to do but it doesn’t scare me –
I’m used to it.”