Re: Are the WS going to lose ranking points for skipping IW this year ?
Technically, Williams sisters don't lose ranking points, but any Indian Wells semi/final player gets mega-points that can pull ahead of them.
Think of it like this: Safina wins IW she gets +1000 points, non-playing Serena gets 0. If Serena had played IW and won, she gets +1000 and Safina as runner-up only +750. Just that much harder for Safina to catch her if Serena had played this premier 1000 tournie.