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Social distancing has Serena ´on edge´ amid coronavirus pandemic

By AFP
March 23, 2020

LOS ANGELES: Tennis great Serena Williams says she is "on edge" as she practices social distancing recommended by health experts in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus. The 23-time Grand Slam champion posted a series of videos on TikTok describing her concerns for her 2-year-old daughter, Olympia.

"Now I've been social distancing for actually a really long time, for probably two weeks now, and every little thing makes me crazy," the 38-year-old superstar said. "And by anxiety I mean I'm just on edge. Any time anyone sneezes around me or coughs I get crazy. I don´t hang out with anyone, and when I say anyone I mean my daughter.

"She coughed, I got angry and gave her a side-eye. I gave her that 'angry Serena' and then I got sad. "I was like, ´Is she OK? Is there something wrong with my daughter? Is there anything I can do?´ I just don´t know what to do, so instead of being relaxed I'm really under a ton of stress."

Williams said that like many people she first thought the coronavirus wouldn't affect her. "And then suddenly Indian Wells was cancelled and I was like, ´Oh, OK, that´s weird but I have a little time off and I'm going to enjoy that time off,´" she said of her reaction when the prestigious ATP and WTA tournament in Indian Wells, California, was called off earlier this month.