After making headlines regarding her decision to return to Indian Wells for the first time since 2001, world No. 1 Serena Williams has withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Open after “careful consideration” regarding the matter.
“After careful consideration, I will not return to the Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open this year.” Serena Williams. “I send my best wishes to everyone involved with the tournament.”
Williams vowed never to return to the event after being ferociously booed at the 2001 final against Kim Clijsters, after sister Venus withdrew from the match hours before the final. Her return to the event this year would have marked a significant step in a potential reconciliation between the two parties.
“We are disappointed that Serena has withdrawn from the 2014 BNP Paribas Open.” said Steve Simon, BNP Paribas Open Tournament Director. “We wish her the very best of luck in the year ahead and hope that she will decide to play here next year.”
The BNP Paribas Open takes place March 5-16.