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Top Women at Pacific Life Open?

I know that this has been talked about in length before, but I wanted to ask some of you if you thought that Venus and Serena's refusal to play at the Indian Wells tournament has hurt the buzz on the women's side of the draw. To me it feels like Indian Wells has served as a more of a warm-up for the Miami tournament. I remember the Pacific Life Open was emerging as the 6th Grand Slam, but now it doesn't feel like that. It feels more like any other tier 1 tournament (which is not a bad thing). I am by no means trying to diminish another players performance there, but it just seems people are less interested when it comes to the women at Indian Wells, but probably once Miami comes around the buzz and build up will be back for the women. Maybe the WTA is more at fault for this, with years of top women withdrawing and leaving such a limited number of gold exempt players there. I don't think Venus and Serena will ever return to Indian Wells, so I hope the WTA is more proactive in doing more to get top women wanting to play this tournament on a more consistent basis.

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Re: Top Women at Pacific Life Open?

The tourney is becoming mandatory next year isn't it?, so even with V&S still not playing, everyone else should be there.

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Re: Top Women at Pacific Life Open?

Perhaps in the US? I don't know if it applies for other continents as well. I read and heard that interest in tennis have been decreasing in the US for quite a few years now, so I guess it's not only about Indian Wells.

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Re: Top Women at Pacific Life Open?

No, I dont think interest in tennis is decreasing in the US.... just not producing as many great players... Anyways... I think the fact that IW is the week before Miami is what hurts it... that and the fact that we know Venus and Serena wont ever be there also hurts it.. Justine decided to take a Vaca cause Miami is right after. Thats why the tournament is weak...
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Re: Top Women at Pacific Life Open?

We love Miami because everybody is there, is like a GS.
But i like IW, Maria is there...
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Re: Top Women at Pacific Life Open?

Perhaps you have this opinion because you are a Williams fan?

I always love the Indian Wells tournament. Normally there are enough good players and Lindsay always does very well there. I love the stadium and the look of the grounds and it is the tournament I want to go to the most. The early rounds can be a bit boring but there have been some great matches in the latter rounds. I definetely prefer it to Miami.
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Re: Top Women at Pacific Life Open?

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The tourney is becoming mandatory next year isn't it?, so even with V&S still not playing, everyone else should be there.
I am sure even if the tourneys will become mandatory, Justie will only play one of Miami & IW....

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Re: Top Women at Pacific Life Open?

The following people should not be allowed to play Indian Wells: everyone in the top 250 except Hantuchova
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