Serena Williams Back in Action in March
Before Serena heads to Indian Wells and the Miami Open, she is living the celebrity life, attending Meaghan Markle’s baby shower and presenting at the Oscars. There are many questions still about Serena as she heads into the March hard court swing, the clay court season and into Wimbledon. She is obviously back to full fitness, and was looking great at the Australian Open, beating Simona Halep in three and cruising to victory against Pliskova in the third set before Pliskova got a couple of lucky breaks and came back to beat her. It was a shocking outcome for someone who is not used to losing after having match points.
Nevertheless, Serena has so much winning under her belt that the psychological effects of something like that will not affect her. I predict she will go deep in both Indian Wells and the Miami Open. Given her age, I don’t expect much out of her during the clay court swing. That being said, and given Serena’s power and aggressive style of play, Wimbledon should give us a good showing from the 23 Grand Slam winner.
For Serena, the Indian Wells and Miami Open swing has been bitter sweet. For one, she was absent from Indian wells for 14 years because of match fixing accusations from fans and Richard Williams’ saying that contiguous booing throughout the 2001 tournament were racially motivated.
It’s almost unimaginable that any other players would skip such a tournament for so long, given the prize money and notoriety which Indian Wells provides. But the Williams sisters have always marched to their own tune and have been incredibly successful doing so. In the end, it didn’t really matter how many Indian Wells tournaments Serena missed out on, because she has won eight times at the Miami Open. That’s an incredibly impressive run at that tournament. There’s no reason why this March anything should change. Serena is coming fresh into March, with her last outing being at the Australian Open. A fresh and fit Serena should give the rest of the WTA women a run for their money.