The Real Story on the Williams Sisters and Indian Wells

Posted on March 13, 2009

The controversy surrounding Venus and Serena Williams' decision not to play at Indian Wells has been composed of rumors, conjecture, and confusing comments about racism and match fixing.

Joel Drucker, who covered the tournament for Tennis Week in 2001, recounts the events from eight years ago that caused two of tennis' biggest stars to skip this significant tournament.

Wednesday, March 14, 2001 -- Indian Wells, Calif. Venus Williams wins a quarterfinal match versus Elena Dementieva to set up a Thursday night semifinal between Venus and Serena Williams. (3/11)