Serena Williams has not appeared in the WTA Tour since the Australian Open semifinal lost against eventual champion Naomi Osaka in February.
After almost three months of hiatus, the 23-time Grand Slam champion will resume her tour at the Italian Open in Rome.
In the pre-tournament interview, the former World No.1 said that she felt good and would have several notable matches in the capital of Italy.
“I trained for the past two-and-a-half weeks at Patrick’s academy and then trained a lot on the clay in the United States with team members. Mackie came back, and other people joined, and that was really exciting for me. So we had an intense, you know, several weeks of training, very intense. So it was — yeah, so that’s kind of what happened for me,” Serena said to the media.
American competes at the French Open aftermath of the Rome WTA 1000 event.
Williams continued, “I feel like I’m good. I’m in Rome. I’m going to have some good matches here hopefully, and then I will be, you know, at another Grand Slam, which always makes me excited. So I think, either way, I’ll be ready.”
“I Don’t Always Show My Cards”: Serena Williams on Social Media Silence
Junior Williams also revealed that she has been training with great intensity. At the same time, she is not interested in posting them on social media.
Serena further explained, “I really try not to get involved in too much of what people say about me because I feel like it can make you nuts. Whether it’s good or bad, it could be, like — you know, I don’t really try to think too much of myself in that way at all.
“I think that’s one thing I’m really good at is just to not really even engage so much, but I do feel like, because I don’t do a lot of sports content, so I do feel like people are wondering if I’m playing, and I have to say I always am, you just don’t see it. I don’t show what I do. I don’t always show my cards,” she confessed.
Williams also added, “Yeah, but I feel like, for the most part, I just never ever, ever, ever, ever like to pay attention, which is good.”
In Rome’s opening encounter, Serena Williams will face Argentine Nadia Podoroska or German Laura Siegemund.