Venus Williams is healthy and enjoying life again, scarred but buoyant at age 36 and certainly far from done with tennis.
Six years into a diagnosis of Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain, and more than 22 years into her professional tennis career, Williams is more enamored than ever with the game she began playing on the rough public courts of Compton with her younger sister, Serena. That passion continues to fuel her game and her life.
“I feel like I'm the most joyful now, honestly,” Williams said Monday after a 6-4, 6-2 domination of Lucie Safarova in their third-round match at the BNP Paribas Open.
“I've clearly loved the...