Ongoing Trivia: Williams vs Indian Wells
This is from cnnsi
Williams sisters won't play Indian Wells
Posted: Sunday November 10, 2002 11:27 PM
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -- Serena and Venus Williams have indicated that Indian Wells will not be on their schedules next season following the racial abuse the sisters say they received at the Californian tournament two years ago.
"I would like to play where people like to see me play," said Serena after reaching the final of the WTA Championships with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Jennifer Capriati on Sunday. "People like to see me play in L.A.
"I did have a couple of fans out there [Indian Wells], but I think the vast majority of them didn't like me out there.
"I'm an entertainer and I don't want to entertain if they don't want to be entertained."
Forced to retire from her semi-final with Belgian Kim Clijsters because of a leg injury, Venus was asked if it brought back memories of her pull-out from the Indian Wells Masters in 2001.
Withdrawing at the last minute from a match against her sister, Venus was mercilessly booed by the angry crowd.
During the final the next day, the crowd turned on Serena, father Richard Williams later saying his daughters and other family members had been the target of racial slurs.
"I'll never forget that, that's for sure," said Venus. "It was a pretty intense moment to go through and not many people have to go through those things in their lives."
Neither of the sisters played in this year's Indian Wells tournament.
Please note, neither Venus not Serena has actually said they will or won't play IW this year. That conclusion is solely the author's. I for one, am drawing no conclusion one way or the other based on this article.
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Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.
Last edited by Volcana; Nov 11th, 2002 at 03:49 PM.