Before US OPEN 2020, Serena Williams vs Venus Williams LIVE @ TOP Seed Open

Serena Williams has said that the Covid-19 outbreak has not only given her a much-needed stretch of downtime with her family, it has also turned her into a bit of a “neurotic” and a “recluse” given her past health scares.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion, who has a history of blood clots and pulmonary embolisms, said she has not taken the virus situation lightly and that her health has been her top priority ahead of her return to competition.

“I started social distancing in early March,” she said during a virtual press conference recently. “I don’t have full lung capacity, so I’m not sure what would happen to me. I am sure I would be okay, but I don’t want to find out.

“I have like 50 masks that I travel with, I don’t ever want to be without one… With health concerns, I am super careful with what I have been doing and everyone in the Serena bubble is really protected.”

Williams, who was one of the first players to commit to the US Open despite the pandemic, is pressing ahead with plans to play in the Grand Slam event.

“I see myself doing it all if it happens,” Williams said when asked about her schedule.

Serena Williams vs Venus Williams Coming UP LIVE @ TOP SEED OPEN
 
Meanwhile, in her first match in six months, and the first since the coronavirus pandemic began, Williams lost the first set to unseeded Bernarda Pera at the Top Seed Open in Lexington, Ky., and found herself down, 0-40, on her serve at 4-4 in the second.
 
She saved four break points to hold serve, scrapped into the corners to win the set by breaking Pera in the next game, and then tapped the accelerator pedal to close out a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 first-round victory that was every bit as taxing as it sounds.
 
Her second-round match will come Thursday against her sister Venus Williams, who defeated Victoria Azarenka, 6-3, 6-2. It will be their 31st meeting, with Serena holding an 18-12 edge.