Williams remains confident

World number one Serena Williams may not have been in the best of form this year, but she is optimistic that she will be able to retain her Roland Garros title. 

Williams recently ended a nine-month trophy drought when she triumphed at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome last week. 

Having not dropped a set during the tournament, Williams is brimming with confidence heading into Roland Garros. 

"It felt good to win in Rome, obviously," she told reporters. "I was feeling pretty confident going into some of those matches. Especially the last few I felt a lot better.

"Even if I'd have lost, I feel like some of those matches really gave me the match play that I needed."

While Williams believes that she is more than capable of triumphing at the second grand slam of the year, should the 34-year-old need an extra boost, she can draw inspiration from the fact that she overcame a plethora of tough opponents and the flu to win at Roland Garros last year. 

"I think about it a lot and I still don't know how I got through it," she said. "In the locker room, the lady said, 'How are you? Are you okay?' Last time she saw me my eyes were glassy and I was just not doing well.

"I think that's probably going to be something that always sticks out in my mind. Like, wow, of all the titles, that was crazy that I was able to win this one last year."

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