Just as I thought this is going to be a power packed tournament in the men’s and women’s division, I get to know that former years finalist Milos Raonic and now the world number 1 top seed Serena Williams pulls out. She had to withdraw because of problems in her knee and in my opinion is eyeing the French open grand slam rather than playing Indian Wells and in Miami. So as she has withdrawn, Angelique Kerber returns to the Number 1 ranking on the WTA, who hasn’t had a good start to the year, as she entered the season at Number 1 but gave it away down under.
Indian Wells might prove to be the tournament of returns as a number of women return for the tournament, such as Karolina Pliskova, Madison keys, Simona Halep and Johanna Konta all returning from injuries. Serena in a statement said that she had to withdraw from both tournaments; Indian Wells and the Miami Open, due to a problem in her knee because of which she couldn’t train at the benchmark which she has set for herself. The former world number 1 is a 2 time Indian Wells Champ and has also won the Miami Open an astonishing 8 times.
After winning the Australian Open grand slam, Williams hasn’t played any match and has been taking some time off. Previously Williams had boycotted the event because of racial abuse that she had to go through; she had won it in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, but lost the final to Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-4 last year in her return to the tournament. Not only that she won’t even be competing in the Miami Open a tournament which is dear to her and has won for unreal 8 times so it seems her aim is to recover from her left knee issue and get back to her full intensity so that she can win some gold in Paris at the Roland Garros.
Now that Williams has withdrawn from the tournament, it seems that anyone can win it, and the open is as open as it could be. Former Champions Maria Sharapova and Kvitova are also set to miss the tournament due to a drug suspension for Maria and a maternity leave for Azarenka. If you are looking for tennis court contractors then check out Talbot Tennis.