Serena Williams says she is still haunted by the 2001 Indian Wells case

Serena Williams is still traumatized by the 2001 incident in the Indian Wells tournament.

Russian tennis player Elena Dementieva accused Williams’ father Richard of manipulating the 2001 competition. When the comment appeared, it caused Venus Williams – who suffered a knee injury during the tournament – to withdraw from his semi-final match against Serena a minute before it started.

That year, Serena advanced to the women’s singles final against Kim Clijsters. As Serena’s father and sister stepped into the stands to support her, the audience began to shout loudly.

In an interview with Will Smith’s “Red Table Talk,” released Wednesday, Serena revealed that she is still traumatized from this experience, even though she returned to the event in 2015 after a 14-year boycott.


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