For the first time in her career, Serena Williams has withdraw from the Qatar Open with a back injury. She joins Victoria Azarenka as 2 of the top 5 female tennis players in the world sit with injury. In an unsurprising move, Serena has also withdrawn from Indian Wells, a tournament she's boycotted for the last 5 yrs.

 

Tough blow having the best two players shelved for a month but it should open up spots for players like Sloane Stephens and Lauren Robson to make a bigger name.