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why are so many players not playing Indian Wells this year, only 7 of the top 15:

Davenport
Sharapova
Henin
Pierce
Dementieva
Myskina
Vaidisova

clijsters is injured and venus doesnt play IW but it seems a pretty poor turnout. i know miami is mandatory but usually most play both IW and miami. i look forward to this tournament cos its kinda like a slam but most of my faves aren't playing so its a bit of a let down

looks like henin's tournament-anyone know why so many players are staying away this year?
 

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Daniela better play here, So if she does, it will be 8 out of the top 15
 

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Miami is compulsory

However the new ranking system gives considerable scope to smart players who schedule intelligently. Because IW is unpopular anyway and will be more so because Miami is compulsory there are lots of Tier 1 points available for the intelligent scheduling player.

If you want to see intelligent scheduling within a reasonable schedule (18-20 tournaments) look at where Myskina and Dementieva and Sharapova are playing - they hit Tokyo and now they are hitting IW -its really clever if they keep it up. Hitting weak Tier 1s the bright thing to do now quality points don't penalise beating weak fields.
 

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Daniela will have to play here. She won it a couple years ago and she seems to enjoy it. Good Luck Nikki, Dani (will Jelena play here?)
 

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if you got to play Miami for 2 weeks, you wouldn't commit to play IW. that is gonna be too much tennis for the top tenners. so good luck for Nicole, make at least SF baby :D

BTW will Ana play there?
 

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Mary can be n°1 after Miami ! Go Girl ! ;)
 

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Once i heard last year article, its said that Venus and Serena doesn't want to play at IW at all because everyone in the crowds was booing at them in 2002 (or something) for some reasons (maybe they are racist)
 

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the crowds for IW are more than they get for Miami still
plus its venue and condition are alot better than Miami (wet and windy :eek:) also.
 

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KuzyIsNo1 said:
why are so many players not playing Indian Wells this year, only 7 of the top 15:

Davenport
Sharapova
Henin
Pierce
Dementieva
Myskina
Vaidisova

clijsters is injured and venus doesnt play IW but it seems a pretty poor turnout. i know miami is mandatory but usually most play both IW and miami. i look forward to this tournament cos its kinda like a slam but most of my faves aren't playing so its a bit of a let down

looks like henin's tournament-anyone know why so many players are staying away this year?
Because Miami is required, many of the women are concerned about getting injured and missing Miami. This is part of the ongoing tussle between IMG and Passarel in my opinion. IMG has invested heavily in Miami and wanted Passarel to have to sell Indian Wells, but Passarel has managed to cobble together enough finacing to continue and pay off his obligations to IMG.
 

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KuzyIsNo1 said:
why are so many players not playing Indian Wells this year, only 7 of the top 15:

Davenport
Sharapova
Henin
Pierce
Dementieva
Myskina
Vaidisova

clijsters is injured and venus doesnt play IW but it seems a pretty poor turnout. i know miami is mandatory but usually most play both IW and miami. i look forward to this tournament cos its kinda like a slam but most of my faves aren't playing so its a bit of a let down

looks like henin's tournament-anyone know why so many players are staying away this year?

Those top players are good enought for me. More chances for Elana to do well.
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...as long as Lindsay Davenport is among those playing ;) IW should be ok with the field it has.
 

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I think in the future IW may be moved else where, well I hope so. I use to like IW before the incident, but now it just seem useless and the fields are so weak most players probably think it’s just a easy way of making lots of money if your not already famous. So in the end I think it will just become a Tournament for players ranked so low they need the money or who don’t have huge shoe contracts and just trying to make a living.
 
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