By JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press 4:58 a.m.Jan. 14, 2013
Williams went public with her illness after withdrawing from her second-round match at the 2011 U.S. Open and then took seven months off tennis, skipping last year's Australian Open as she learned how to manage the disease known as Sjogren's syndrome.
Her website, http://www.venuswilliams.com , says Williams' vegan diet is designed to decrease inflammation in her body and reduce the energy-sapping symptoms of the disease "by not overloading her body with excess calories, pesticides or sugars."
"No more of her favorite cherry pies, as sugar is strictly," forbidden, the website says, adding that Williams also has changed her training regimen to allow more rest days...