In a press conference in Rome, Serena Williams recalled her match against her sister Venus in the event back in 1998. "I vaguely remember that, so I don't really remember. But, yeah, it could happen. We play each other a lot.
Seems like every tournament nowadays we meet early. Yeah, it is what it is. We'll see. She has a really tough first round. I'm really hoping she'll get through that, then we'll go from there", said Serena. On her win over Rebecca Peterson, the 23-time Grand Slam winner added: "It felt good to be back in the match.
It's been a while. I haven't played a ton of matches this year. Not my choice, just by force. I really, really actually desperately wanted to be on the tour and to be playing, but it hasn't been able to work out. It felt good to finally be back out.
Hopefully I'll be able to keep it up." "Obviously the United States, we have a Har-Tru, it's not really the same as the European clay. I got to Rome pretty early for me. I got here, like, on Wednesday. I wanted to get here early to get used to the conditions and get used to the 'real clay'
It was good that I did that." "Honestly, I've just been on this diet basically. It's been awful. When you're sedentary, it becomes hard to manage your body. So it's just basically you have to eat grass.
That's kind of what I did. It was a nightmare. Honestly I worked and it paid off. I didn't get to train too much. It's more of a process. I feel like I'm taking it one day at a time. I've been really putting in the hours in terms of, like, keeping my cardio as much as I could with a knee injury, which is really impressive how I've been able to do it.
I called Mackie in. We worked really hard, worked really well together. We just did what we could. So it's not about today or tomorrow. For me obviously it's about playing well at all the big moments, including this tournament because it is a big moment. Obviously the slams, et cetera, just getting ready for those events."