PAUL CROCKAAP

Serena ready to finally return to Indian Wells

AUSTRALIAN Open champ Serena Williams will end a 14-year boycott of one of the WTA Tour's biggest events and play at Indian Wells in the US next month.

The world No.1, as well as her father Richard and sister Venus, were subjected to racial abuse during her 2001 victory in the final against Belgium's Kim Clijsters.

Serena vowed never to return, but told Time.com she had reconsidered.

"I play for the love of the game," she wrote. "And it is with that love in mind, and a new understanding of the true meaning of forgiveness, that I will proudly return to Indian Wells in 2015."

The 33-year-old also said the fact WTA officials and the US Tennis Association took immediate action against a Russian tennis official last year when he made sexist and racist remarks about her and Venus (pictured), had played a role in the decision.

"It reminded me how far the sport has come, and how far I've come too," Serena wrote.


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