Venus Williams is ready to get back in the game.
She’s been spending time dealing with a recently diagnosed health issue, Sjogren’s syndrome, a disease of the immune system that can cause fatigue and joint pain.
The athlete has revamped her diet to include more veggies to help her along and make her big come back.
She’s making her return at an exhibition match against her sister Serena in Columbia on Wednesday and then the pair will face off against Italians Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta on Dec. 3 in Milan.
But getting back in the flow of things isn’t going to be easy.
“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 Italian news outlet the Gazzetta, which is sponsoring the Milan exhibition. “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. I’m very confident in my progress.”
She hopes to get back to the top within a year.