So much for the “fifth Majors”, as both the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments claim to be.
The WTA’s desert draw was a little scanty this year, due to the continued boycott of the Williams sisters, Dinara Safina’s ongoing back injury and early losses by both comeback Belgians and Maria Sharapova. On the ATP side, Davydenko pulled out before the third round with a broken left wrist and Juan Martin Del Potro was a no-show due to his own wrist problems.
Next week’s Sony Ericsson Open in Miami is facing a similar fate as last year’s finalist, Serena Williams, has withdrawn due to a knee injury (via Reuters). Maria Sharapova, who played Indian Wells, is off tour for 3 – 6 weeks with a bone bruise and Dinara Safina continues to be sidelined as she recovers (we hope) from that back injury. Davydenko and Del Potro are busy nursing their wonky wrists. (via sonyericssonopen.com)
It’s sad to see these big stops on the tennis tour so decimated and worrying that these elite players are struggling with long term, serious injuries so early in the season. It’s a good thing for us that the players still left in the draw next week – Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Venus, Clijsters and Henin – can still hold our interest.
I’m thinking there’s going to be at least one more pull out or early withdrawal. It’s like trying to fall asleep below a shoe store – drop, drop, drop, drop, drop.
Question: Of these injured players, who do you think will be ready to win on clay?