Serena fit for title bid

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Serena Williams has dismissed any concerns about her fitness as she looks to win the Rome title for a fourth time in her career.

The Floridian pulled out of Madrid last week with illness but has declared herself ready to feature at the Foro Italico and she has also entered in the doubles with sister Venus.

Serena has won here in 2002, 2013 and 2014 and will look for more success in a city she enjoys.

“I feel pretty good,” she said. “I wasn’t feeling really good for the past several weeks and even the past few days. But right now I’m better. I will see how I’m doing when I step on the court for the first time, but overall I think I’m feeling a lot better.

“Venus and I haven’t played doubles in a while. Obviously we would love to play in the Olympics. I love playing with Venus. She’s the best partner, and hopefully she feels the same about me. We make a great team. The doubles teams have gotten really good, so it’s — we look forward to it.

“We have done well on clay. We have won Roland Garros a cup of times. We have won a few clay court tournaments. Hopefully we’ll be able to at least win a couple of matches here, just shake off the dust and keep playing.

“You know me. I don’t play anything thinking I’m going to lose. I always just play thinking I’m going to do the best I can. For me, that’s winning.”

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