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Serena Williams safely passes the first round in Rome

Serena Williams safely passes the first round in Rome

The American Serena Williams, 11th world player, qualified without problems for the second round of the Rome Tournament by beating the Swedish Rebecca Peterson (64th) 6-4 and 6-2.

The women’s tennis legend has practically not played this season, withdrawing from the last two tournaments she has played, with a left knee injury in Miami and a virus in Indian Wells.

“I have not played many games this season, not by choice, but by force. So this feels good (victory). I absolutely wanted to go back to the circuit and play, “said the American after the game.

Despite her inactivity, Serena had little trouble defeating a Peterson who committed too many direct fouls. Curiously, the Swede was the last player Williams had beaten, on March 23 in Miami.

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«I have not been able to train as much as I wanted. I’ve been injured longer than I imagined, but I love the gravel season and wanted to be here. I have done everything possible to achieve it and here I am, “he declared.

Williams also revealed the sacrifices made to stay in shape despite not being able to play tennis: “Generally speaking, I have been on a diet. It has been terrible. It is difficult when you are immobilized. What he means is that you basically have to eat grass, “he joked.

“It’s what I’ve done, a nightmare,” concluded Serena, who also explained that she has taken her daughter Olympia to visit the Italian capital and some of its emblematic monuments, such as the Trevi Fountain.

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“It was great to be able to share my favorite city with her.” AFP

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