Serena Williams on her WTA Ranking: ‘I don’t even know where I am, but somewhere in the top 10’

Serena Williams

She is not quite sure where she is in the WTA Rankings these days, but Serena Williams is ready for her 2021 clay-court debut at the Italian Open after a “very intense” period of training.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner has played only nine matches this year with her last match a semi-final defeat at the hands of Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open.

Williams, though, will return to action on Wednesday at the WTA 1000 event in event and she admits she has lost track of her world ranking.

“Everyone gears up for top-10 players, and so if I’m in the top 10 I will be ready. Am I? I don’t even know where I am, but somewhere.”

For the record the American currently sits at No 8 in the WTA Rankings.

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She will face Nadia Podoroska in the second round and the Argentine will be confident about her chances on clay as last year she became the first qualifier to reach the semi-finals at Roland Garros.

“[Podoroska] definitely knows how to play,” Williams said. “She plays with a lot of power. I was watching her earlier this year actually so it was good. I was able to see her game a little bit.”

The big question though is whether or not the 39-year-old will be undercooked, both in Rome and at the French Open after playing only two tournaments this year.

“We had an intense several weeks of training – very intense,” Williams said. “So that’s kind of what happened for me.

“I feel like I’m good. I’m in Rome. 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.”

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