Serena Williams feels good in the run-up to Roland Garros, which starts at the end of this month.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner will make her return this week at the WTA tournament in Rome.

Williams last saw action at the Australian Open in February, when she was eliminated in the semi-finals by Naomi Osaka.

In recent times she has recovered from dental surgery.

"We have had a few very intense weeks of training. I feel good. Hopefully I can now play a few good games in Rome," said Williams, who will make another attempt at Roland Garros to match Margaret Court with her 24th place. Grand Slam Title.

"I am really looking forward to playing at a Grand Slam tournament again. I am ready. It is good and at the same time difficult to make a fresh start."

'People wonder if I still play tennis'

The 39-year-old American was asked about a possible end to her career after her elimination from the Australian Open and left the press conference in tears.

Since then, she has not been heard much on social media, among other things.

"I don't place very much and I think people wonder if I still play tennis," said Williams.

"Well, I certainly still do, you just don't see it. I don't always give up everything."

When she returns to the clay tournament in Rome, Williams has a bye in the first round.

In the second round she will meet the German Laura Siegemund or the Argentinian Nadia Podoroska.