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Serena Williams to skip Indian Wells and Miami events, Kerber goes back to No. 1

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by Gatto Luigi

The title won at the Australian Open in January costed much physically to Serena Williams. The American player has withdrawn both from Indian Wells and Miami events due to a left knee injury.

'I have not been able to train due to my knees and am disappointed I cannot be there', the 23-time Grand Slam champion said through a statement. 'I will keep moving forward and continue to be positive.

I look forward to being back as soon as I can.' Williams had reached the final in both two events and so will lose 1,170 points. Angelique Kerber, who lost in the first round last year in Indian Wells against Denisa Allertova, will be World No.

1 again on March 20. We will see when and where Serena will come back. Probably she will play again directly in Rome ahead of Roland Garros. Here is the updated draw: TOP HALF (3) Pliskova, Karolina [CZE] vs Bye
Puig, Monica [PUR] vs (WC) Collins, Danielle [USA]
Chirico, Louisa [USA] vs Qualifier
Bye vs (29) Begu, Irina-Camelia [ROU] (18) Bertens, Kiki [NED] vs Bye
Bencic, Belinda [SUI] vs Pironkova, Tsvetana [BUL]
Niculescu, Monica [ROU] vs Cirstea, Sorana [ROU]
Bye vs (15) Bacsinszky, Timea [SUI] (10) Svitolina, Elina [UKR] vs Bye
Bondarenko, Kateryna [UKR] vs Wang, Qiang [CHN]
Wickmayer, Yanina [BEL] vs Siegemund, Laura [GER]
Bye vs (24) Gavrilova, Daria [AUS] (32) Lucic-Baroni, Mirjana [CRO] vs Bye
(WC) Day, Kayla [USA] vs Nara, Kurumi [JPN]
Bellis, Catherine [USA] vs Flipkens, Kirsten [BEL]
Bye vs (7) Muguruza, Garbiñe [ESP] (5) Cibulkova, Dominika [SVK] vs Bye
Ostapenko, Jelena [LAT] vs Kovinic, Danka [MNE]
Pliskova, Kristyna [CZE] vs (WC) Mattek-Sands, Bethanie [USA]
Bye vs (33) Kasatkina, Daria [RUS] (19) Pavlyuchenkova, Anastasia [RUS] vs Bye
Qualifier vs Doi, Misaki [JPN]
Errani, Sara [ITA] vs Qualifier
Bye vs (17) Strycova, Barbora [CZE] (11) Konta, Johanna [GBR] vs Bye
(WC) Gibbs, Nicole [USA] vs Watson, Heather [GBR]
Qualifier vs Mchale, Christina [USA]
Bye vs (21) Garcia, Caroline [FRA] (26) Vinci, Roberta [ITA] vs Bye
Brengle, Madison [USA] vs Qualifier
Larsson, Johanna [SWE] vs Giorgi, Camila [ITA]
Bye vs (8) Kuznetsova, Svetlana [RUS] BOTTOM HALF (9) Keys, Madison [USA] vs Bye
Qualifier vs Qualifier
Osaka, Naomi [JPN] vs Qualifier
Bye vs (30) Zhang, Shuai [CHN] (23) Suárez Navarro, Carla [ESP] vs Bye
Siniakova, Katerina [CZE] vs Qualifier
(WC) Townsend, Taylor [USA] vs Qualifier
Bye vs (13) Wozniacki, Caroline [DEN] (16) Stosur, Samantha [AUS] vs Bye
Goerges, Julia [GER] vs Tomljanovic, Ajla [CRO]
Golubic, Viktorija [SUI] vs Davis, Lauren [USA]
Bye vs (22) Sevastova, Anastasija [LAT] (28) Mladenovic, Kristina [FRA] vs Bye
Beck, Annika [GER] vs Bouchard, Eugenie [CAN]
Riske, Alison [USA] vs (WC) Vekic, Donna [CRO]
Bye vs (4) Halep, Simona [ROU] (6) Radwanska, Agnieszka [POL] vs Bye
Qualifier vs Makarova, Ekaterina [RUS]
Qualifier vs Tsurenko, Lesia [UKR]
Bye vs (31) Konjuh, Ana [CRO] (20) Vandeweghe, CoCo [USA] vs Bye
Arruabarrena, Lara [ESP] vs Safarova, Lucie [CZE]
Jankovic, Jelena [SRB] vs (WC) Falconi, Irina [USA]
Bye vs (12) Williams, Venus [USA] (14) Vesnina, Elena [RUS] vs Bye
(WC) Brady, Jennifer [USA] vs Rogers, Shelby [USA]
Shvedova, Yaroslava [KAZ] vs Qualifier
Bye vs (25) Babos, Timea [HUN] (27) Putintseva, Yulia [KAZ] vs Bye
Parmentier, Pauline [FRA] vs Dodin, Oceane [FRA]
King, Vania [USA] vs Petkovic, Andrea [GER]
Bye vs (2) Kerber, Angelique [GER] ALSO READ: Andy Murray: 'It's motivating for me to be behind Nadal and Federer in the ATP Race' Per page 76 of the Official WTA Rulebook: No - 3 seed Karolina Pliskova takes Williams' position - No - 5 seed Dominika Cibulkova takes Pliskova's position - No - 9 seed Madison Keys takes Cibulkova's position - No - 13 seed Caroline Wozniacki takes Keys' position - No - 17 seed Barbora Strycova takes Wozniacki's position - No - 25 seed Timea Babos takes Strycova's position - No - 33 seed Daria Kasatkina takes Babos' position, meaning wildcard Taylor Townsend will play a lucky loser in the first round - .

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