Federer, Bouchard & others welcome Serena at Indian Wells after 14 years
World Number one women’s tennis player Serena Williams gets warm welcome from some of the top players at the Indian Wells. American star is returning to Indian Wells Masters after 14 years long period of time period. World no. 2 men’s tennis Switzerland star Roger Federer, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki and Eugenie Bouchard praised Serena Williams to make comeback in BNP Paribas Open.
Serena Williams will be playing her opening game against Romania’s Monica Niculescu on 13 March in the second round of competition. She gets bye in the first round and earns wildcard entry in the competition as top seed WTA player.
Federer said, “It’s wonderful for American fans who have attended this event for so many years and haven’t seen her play here, so I think it’s great for them. I think it’s great for women’s tennis and I think it’s nice that we get to see her here again.”
Eugenie Bouchard said, “The past is the past. The players are excited she’s here. She’s the best player in the world, and this is a major tournament. She should be here,” a sentiment also echoed by Ekaterina Makarova.”
Caroline Wozniacki said, “It’s great for her, it’s great for the tournament and it’s great for tennis. It’s a big step for her and I’m sure she will handle it great.”
2014 BNP Paribas Open runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska also accepts that Serena is a superb star and it will be honored for all players to play against such a champion player.
She said, “First of all she has very powerful serve, and it’s very hard to read where she’s serving, so either you guess or your just lucky because when she’s serving you just have no idea where the ball is going to go. To be honest, there’s so many other top players, but of course she is in the draw as well so it’s going to be even more tough. It’s good that she’s back here, always another challenge for us playing her here.
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Serena is the two times champion in Indian Wells Masters. She won 1999 and 2001 tournaments.