After almost three months, the 23-time Major champion Serena Williams is back in action, entering the Rome Open and seeking the fifth Foro Italico crown. Serena came to Europe three weeks ago, practicing at his coach's Academy in France and preparing for a clay swing that includes Rome and Roland Garros.
Serena hasn't played since the Australian Open semi-final clash against Naomi Osaka, producing a high level in Melbourne but failing to pass the most formidable obstacle and an eventual champion. Serena had to skip the Miami Open due to oral surgery, and she went to France in April and worked on clay ahead of her upcoming challenges in Rome and Paris.
Serena feels ready to make a fresh start, looking good on the court after intense training sessions and setting eyes on Roland Garros and Wimbledon, still seeking that elusive 24th Major. Asked about the Olympics during the press conference, Serena said that it's too early to think about Tokyo at the moment, with so many things going on.
The American confirmed that she won't be traveling to Japan this summer if she can't bring her daughter Olympia with her, never spending an entire day without her daughter and not planning to do that, even for the Olympic event.
Serena Williams will not travel to Tokyo for the Olympic Games without her daughter.
"We had very intense several weeks of training. "I feel good, hoping for some good encounters here in Rome ahead of a Major event, which always makes me excited.
I don't do much sport content, so I feel like people wonder if I'm playing. I have to say I always am; you just don't see it. I don't show what I do, and I don't always show my cards. It's good to start fresh, but it's also hard at the same point.
I haven't spent 24 hours without Olympia, so that kind of answers the question itself; 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 so much to think about.
Then there are Majors; it's just a lot. I have really been taking it one day at a time to a fault, and I definitely need to figure out my next moves," Serena Williams said.