Women's Sport: Serena Williams opens up about how she is struggling with social distancing

At the weekend, Serena Williams announced that she was going to spend six weeks social distancing at home with her husband and daughter. Now she has spoken out on TikTok about how she is finding it so far.

In a series of videos, where she wears a series of frankly incredible skirts and wigs, Williams talks about how the series of cancellations has made her feel anxious and while we’re not all dealing with cancelled tournaments, what she has to say is pretty relatable.

Williams said: “I wanted to take a minute and talk about my experience with corona. It started out with me feeling like, ‘Oh it can’t really affect me’.

“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’.

“And then one cancellation led to another and led to another and then it led to all this anxiety that I’m feeling.

“Now I’ve been social distancing for actually a really long time, for probably like two weeks now, and every little thing makes me really crazy.”

Williams went on to explain how she is worried about catching the virus, even from her daughter: “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 and I got angry, I 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 finished off by adding: “I never expected to be relaxed but it is what it is, we’ll get through this, we have to.”

With everything up in the air like never before, it is important that we talk about how we are feeling. We’re lucky to have Williams leading the way in such a fun and real way.

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