Serena pulls out of two tournaments
Serena Williams withdrew from the BNP Paribas Open that begins today because of a left knee injury, leaving the desert tournament without the world’s top-ranked women’s player.
She said in a statement she also won’t play the Miami Open, which follows the event at Indian Wells, California. Williams is a twotime winner at Indian Wells, where she returned in 2015 after a lengthy boycott.
She reached the semifinals that year and the final last year, where she lost to Victoria Azarenka in straight sets.
■ The United States and three-time defending champion Czech Republic will meet in the semifinals of the Fed Cup next month in Wesley Chapel, Fla.