I was glad Serena Williams decided to return to Indian Wells after that shameful incident 14 years ago. Her return made the point with great force and clarity. But I also am glad that Venus and their father did not return this year, because that mob behavior can never be forgotten or forgiven. It was pure racism, plain and simple. It was ugly, barbaric, and a blot on the people who live there. I wish Serena had won this year, as she did before, but the leg injury made that impossible. Still, she won the moral battle, with a decisive victory. Now Simona Halep, my favorite female player, will be in the final, and has every chance of winning. But I imagine everyone will see Serena on the court in spirit.

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