Though Williams has not played since losing to Naomi Osaka in the Melbourne semi-finals in February, she has been practicing “very intensely” on clay courts and is regimen.
Serena Williams said “So we had an intense several weeks of training”, “I feel good. I’m going to have some good matches here hopefully, and then I will be at another Grand Slam, which always makes me excited. So I think either way I’ll be ready.”
The 39-year-old Serena Williams, who only needs one more Grand Slam title to match Court’s record, added that her fans shouldn’t read too much into the lack of tennis information she shares on social media.
“I don’t do a lot of sport 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,” she said. “I don’t show what I do. I don’t always show my cards.”
Williams, a four-time champion in Rome, will face either French Open semi finalist Nadia Podoroska or German qualifier Laura Siegemund in her opening match at the Foro Italico. She’s in the same quarter of the draw as Naomi Osaka and has a first-round bye.
“It’s good to start fresh but it’s also hard to start fresh,” Williams said.
Williams was also asked if she will play at the Tokyo Olympics or Coronavirus protocols mean she can’t bring her 3-year-old daughter into Japan.
“I haven’t spent 24 hours without her, so that kind of answers the question itself,” Williams said. “We’re best friends.
“I haven’t really thought much about Tokyo, because it was supposed to be last year and now it’s this year, and then there is this pandemic and there is so much to think about,” she added. “Then there is the Grand Slams. It’s just a lot. So I have really been taking it one day at a time to a fault, and I definitely need to figure out my next moves.”
Williams returns to action for the first time since losing in the semi-finals of the Australian Open at this week’s Italian Open in Rome.
This will be the world number eight’s only tournament before the French Open later this month but she expects to be ready for her latest bid to claim a record-equalling 24th slam singles title.
She said: “I trained for the past two and a half weeks at (coach) Patrick (Mouratoglou’s) academy, and then training a lot on the clay in the United States with team members. We had an intense several weeks of training, very intense.