Tennis – Days after pulling out of Doha and Indian Wells, world no. 1 Serena Williams has taken a wild card into next week’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, joining sister Venus Williams, who also received a wild card, in the star-studded field.
Seven of the top 10 players in the world will be in Dubai, a tournament which she has never won in her career so far. Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice-Chairman of tournament owners and organizers Dubai Duty Free, commented: “There is no greater player in the world today than Serena Williams, and although she has now reached an age when many players would be thinking of retiring, her career is still going from strength to strength.
Last year, she won an astonishing 34 consecutive matches, the longest winning streak of her career, and the second longest of any player this century.” Serena withdrew from the Doha event this week due to a back injury which she suffered during the Australian Open and was not scheduled to play until Miami.
Her decision to withdraw from Indian Wells now seems to be based on her long-standing boycott of the event rather than any injuries. Serena has not played Indian Wells since 2001 after being booed by the crowds there which she put down to racism.