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What Happened To the Williams at Indian Wells..

I heard something that happened and for some reason they dont play at that tournament anymore can anyone tell me what happened a few years back?

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way bak in 01 i think serena and venus were supposed to meet in the semis but right before venus pulled out. the crowd was extremely mad and in the finals the next day they booed serena to her win
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way bak in 01 i think serena and venus were supposed to meet in the semis but right before venus pulled out. the crowd was extremely mad and in the finals the next day they booed serena to her win
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They accused Richard of fixing the matches between Serena and Venus. Serena was only 19 and they booed her like hell. She did so well to win that match
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Very vicious booing after the announcement that Venus wasnt going to play, it was worse than the booing Serena got against JHH RG 03, there was also i racial undercurrent if i remember correctly and again they booed Serena in the final although not that loudly

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and when venus and richard were watching the match they were yelling racist names at them and booing
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That's so childish by the Indian Wells crowd then.
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Serena and Venus were prepared for a semi-final showdown but Venus withdrew from an injury right before the match. Understandably, the crowd booed. But when Serena was playing her final match the next day against Kim Clijsters, the crowd starting booing her which was classless because they were booing a teenager. It seemed as if they went there JUST to boo her. I think the booing got to Serena which made her choke away the second set but she ended up winning the third and thus the match. She seemed to handle the booing towards the end. The crowd believed that Richard told Venus to withdraw from the tournament and therefore believed that he was fixing their matches. Thereafter, Richard reporting hearing some racial language directed at him and his daughters and consequently, neither Venus or Serena have played, or are going to play, there again. Apparently, some meetings have been scheduled between the Indian Wells tournament director and the Williams Sisters to discuss these issues and to convince them to play there again, but the Williams Sisters have never turned up to these meetings.
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They accused Richard of fixing the matches between Serena and Venus. Serena was only 19 and they booed her like hell. She did so well to win that match
who did she play in the final???
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Not only did Serena managed to win that match, but during her speech she said "You guys were pretty tough on me out there." She was very very very classy. If it was me, I would have told them all where to shove it.

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[B]Serena and Venus were prepared for a semi-final showdown but Venus withdrew from an injury right before the match. Understandably, the crowd booed..
Since when is it understandable to boo a player because their opponent pulled out? What a way to say thank you for still playing.

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I can't believed they booed somebody of their own nationality ...
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Since when is it understandable to boo a player because their opponent pulled out? What a way to say thank you for still playing.
What I meant was, was that it was understandable WHY the crowd booed! Not that it was justified for them to do it.
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I can't believed they booed somebody of their own nationality ...
Well that's what the USA are like to the Williams Sisters. It didn't suprise me at all when they started to cheer Amelie Mauresmo instead of Venus when they were playing at the US Open 2002.
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