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Agnieszka Radwanska

Serena Williams hopes for a positive outcome for final at Indian Wells

Serena Williams hopes for a positive outcome for final at Indian Wells

The details are a blur, but the nasty atmosphere that surrounded her 2001 final against Kim Clijsters at Indian Wells is burned into Serena Williams' memory.

Public sentiment had turned against her and her sister, Venus, after Venus withdrew from their semifinal match because of an injury amid speculation their father, Richard, had orchestrated it. Richard and Venus were heckled as they arrived for the final and Serena was targeted for boos too.

"It was an awful, awful, awful experience. I only got through it through just prayer," said Serena, who won the match, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. "I just remember saying, 'Just help me get through this. I don't even want to win.'...

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