Serena Williams’ Indian Wells Withdrawal Mirrors Shades Of 2001

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After boycotting the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells for 14 years, Serena Williams’ comeback has been halted by a knee injury. Williams withdrew from the tournament in similar fashion to the way her sister Venus Williams did in 2001 but with a much different result.

“A couple days ago at practice, I really injured my knee,” Williams told fans during a press gathering. “Today I was struggling just to even walk.”

In 2001, Venus Williams withdrew from her match against Serena Williams 20 minutes before it was scheduled to begin. The decision brought boos from the crowd, and Venus and Serena’s father alleged he heard racial slurs from the crowd. Others also alleged Williams fixed the matches between his daughters, and the racist undertone of the accusations caused Serena to boycott Indian Wells after she defeated Kim Clijsters amid a rain of boos…

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