Serena Williams: I love playing on the clay at Foro Italico

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Serena Williams is looking to defend her Rome Masters title this week.
On Monday afternoon she sat down with the press to talk about coming back to Foro Italico.

There are eight American players in the main draw, a new generations of younger player is coming through, why did you think has taken a little bit of time for this to happen?
Serena: I don’t know but I think is great, it’s a good time. I am nearing the end of my career, who knows, and people getting inspired by different Americans maybe they start to play now so I think they have to grow up have to become a little older before they can get on the tour.

Do you have much contact with some of the younger players?
Serena: I love seeing other Americans around, I think people from the each country always have a sort of connection to their particular country. So, it’s always all the Americans.

How’s your injury?
Serena: I take a day at the time, we’ll see as the weeks goes on I have the rest of the day off. I hit some balls a little bit today and let’s see later tonight how I feel.

In Madrid the pain were you in pain?
Serena: I don’t do anything out of percussion anymore, you live once and anything can happen tomorrow. I physically couldn’t play, there was a lot of pain and I was unable to continue. When I am playing I want to give 100 per cent. I want to go out there and give the fans everything they deserve.

Do you have a different attitude coming here?
Serena: It’s funny, I love coming here and playing on the clay, the challenge of having to be more consistent and it’s a big challenge for me and I really enjoy looking forward to doing it more.

What about shopping in Rome? Who spends more, you or your sister Venus?
Serena: Rome shopping is always very fun, I always try to do it on Monday. Venus is a much bigger shopper than me. I am a window shopper, she’s definitely…..she has more opportunity to fit the clothes.

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