Serena Williams. (Reuters Photograph)
ROME: Serena Williams raised doubts over her participation on the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, forward of her return to the limelight this week on the Italian Open.
The 39-year-old, nonetheless ranked eighth on the planet, has been absent from the courts since her semi-final defeat by eventual champion Naomi Osaka on the Australian Open in Melbourne in February.
Williams stays uncommitted about whether or not she is going to be part of up with Workforce USA in Japan this summer time, particularly if it means time away from her three-year-old daughter Olympia.
“I have not spent 24 hours with out her (Olympia) in order that form of solutions the query itself,” mentioned the American, who has gained 4 Olympic gold medals, a document she shares together with her sister Venus.
“I have not actually thought a lot about Tokyo, as a result of it was imagined to be final 12 months and now it is this 12 months, after which there’s this pandemic and there’s a lot to consider.
“Then there are the Grand Slams. It is only a lot. So I’ve actually been taking it in the future at a time to a fault, and I undoubtedly want to determine my subsequent strikes.”
Williams says she is “prepared” to get began once more in Rome as preparation for the French Open which begins in Paris on Could 24.
“It is good to begin contemporary nevertheless it’s additionally laborious to begin contemporary,” she informed a press convention on Monday.
“I really feel like I am good. I am in Rome. I will have some good matches right here hopefully after which I can be at one other Grand Slam which at all times makes me excited. So I feel both approach I will be prepared.”
Williams has been caught on 23 main trophies, one behind Australia’s Margaret Court docket, since successful the 2017 Australian Open whereas pregnant.
Since then she has given delivery, returned to the tour, and completed runner-up at 4 main tournaments — after dropping simply six out of 28 finals earlier than 2017.
Hypothesis about her future adopted her Melbourne defeat and her subsequent withdrawal from the Miami Open due to oral surgical procedure, however she insisted she didn’t take note of on-line whispers.
“I actually attempt to not get entangled in an excessive amount of of what individuals say about me, as a result of I really feel like it might probably make you nuts,” she mentioned, including that she had been performing some “very intense” coaching on clay.
“One factor I am actually good at is simply to not likely even interact a lot however I do really feel like individuals are questioning if I am enjoying.
“And I’ve to say I at all times am, you simply do not see it. I do not present what I do. I do not at all times present my playing cards.”