Serena Williams Withdraws from 2014 BNP Paribas Open

The tennis star hasn't played at the Indian Wells tournament since 2001.

Palm Desert Patch Photo by Jessica E. Davis
Palm Desert Patch Photo by Jessica E. Davis
Seventeen time Grand Slam Champion and two-time BNP Paribas Open Champion Serena Williams won't be coming back to the desert afterall.

Anticipation had been building for Williams' return, who has not played in the Indian Wells tournament since her last BNP Paribas Open victory in 2001.

“After careful consideration, I will not return to the Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open this year," a statement issued by the tennis player said.  "I send my best wishes to everyone involved with the tournament.” 

Tournament organizers had listed Serena Williams among those on the entry list on Jan. 22.  

“We are disappointed that Serena has withdrawn from the 2014 BNP Paribas Open,"  said Steve Simon, BNP Paribas Open Tournament Director.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 2014 BNP Paribas Open will be held March 3-16, at the newly expanded Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Ern Batavia February 08, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Still the queen of Whiny.....I guess 'roids will do that.
Susan P February 09, 2014 at 06:54 AM
Ah well. I suppose that Serena feels that we have nothing better to do that sit around with baited breath as she accepts then declines the invitation to play. She still doesn't believe in little people. I loved to play tennis, when I was young, and haven't been to a professional tournament since. So, as soon as they became available I scored tickets to the John McEnroe Charity Tournament at Indian Wells. The four charities are - The War Casualty Fund, Childhelp USA, Eisenhower Medical Center and The YMCA of the Desert. The tickets were free. :)


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