But it does provide an additional element of intrigue to a tournament that already looks fascinating with almost all of the biggest names in the game ready and waiting to compete for the crown.
Simona Halep, the current WTA No 1, believes that Williams should have been granted top seeding.
A return to action at the Australian Open with a modified serving action resulted in a fourth round defeat while a limp exit at Indian Wells last week only heightened doubts that the 30-year-old would ever add to his total of 12 Grand Slams. "The nurse thought her pain medicine might be making her confused". Indeed, she should have been given more protection by the tour.
Williams ironically has stake in the Miami Dolphins. Even if she returns to her previous role, Caroline Wozniacki in accounts and Angelique Kerber in sales have done a whole year of work in her absence. Third seeded Muguruza has struggled for consistency so far, losing early in Melbourne and Indian Wells.
Osaka, 20, showed some understandable nerves but was able to stay in the game and when she broke in the seventh game, it was the flawless chance for the Japanese player to take control.
The match ended on an ugly unforced error by Williams, who hit a wide open forehand long to send Osaka into the second round, where she will face world No.4 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. But she's capable of putting a big run together in Miami.
Konta, the 11th seed, will open her campaign in Florida in the second round against the victor of the meeting between Kirsten Flipkens and Mihaela Buzarnescu.
Williams had an especially hard time after giving birth in an emergency C-section, with her past issues with blood clots resurfacing because having surgery meant she was not taking her usual anticoagulant.
The former World No 1 has been beset with an elbow injury that sidelined him for six months after he was forced to retire at the quarter-finals of Wimbledon previous year. But, on this night against Venus she didn't quite play like the best player in the world. The Briton won the biggest title of her career in Florida last season during a purple patch that also saw her reach the last four at Wimbledon, her home Slam.
"For entertainment reasons, it's very important to have Serena Williams in the draw, but I don't think it's important to have her in the seeding positions at the moment", Minella said. "I'm very grateful I was able to play her and it is better still that I was able to win".
He notes how he was inspired by '90s ensemble crime films like Out of Sight and 2 Days in the Valley when directing the film. Everyone in the roster of superheroes in " Avengers: Infinity War " is in danger of being a casualty in Thanos' conquest.
The retail giant has eschewed delivery in the past, choosing instead to focus on a lower-cost store-pickup service. The expansion will open up the retailer to 100 metropolitan areas, reaching more than 40 percent of USA households.
In 2017, Dialog Semiconductor, which is also an Apple supplier, admitted that the iPhone maker could make its own power chips. Apple now uses screens manufactured by companies including Samsung Electronics, Japan Display , Sharp, and LG Display .
The Rams are making their 10th tournament appearance and are in the field for back-to-back seasons for only the second time. After Newkirk tied it with a basket on the next possession, Russell connected on a 3 to give the Rams the lead for good.
Marquette has another must-win game with Depaul to start, then they will LIKELY have to beat Villanova to get into the Big Dance. The Cardinals also lost five-star freshman Brian Bowen, who was held out of practices and games before transferring to SC .
Sky News Defence Correspondent Alistair Bunkall said it is believed the aircraft was a two person plane. An air ambulance has been scrambled to RAF Valley to assist the emergency services already on scene.
It appreciated the impact of GST on formalization of the economy and for making economic growth sustainable. The World Bank has projected economic growth to accelerate to 7.3% in 2018-19 and 7.5% in 2019-20.
Markle accompanied the royal family to Westminster Abbey , where the royal wedding will take place next summer, for the celebration that included some 2,000 other guests, according to NBC .
Number of Alzheimer's deaths in Kentucky on the rise
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KCR, Mamata coin idea of 'Federal Front' to check BJP
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United jet diverted due to pet on wrong flight
The flight attendant allegedly did not hear or understand the family when they said the dog was in the carrier. The airline added that by April, it will begin issuing bright-colored bag tags to travelers flying with pets.
Halep in Indian Wells semis, 6-3, 6-0
She was broken to open the second set and again in the fifth game, giving Osaka a 4-1 lead on her forehand victor down the line. I love the way that they are motivated and they are still playing at this age and Serena with the kid, said world No 1 Halep.
England and Quetta star Kevin Pietersen announces retirement
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EPL : Southampton sack manager Mauricio Pellegrino
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Packers to Sign Jimmy Graham, Release Jordy Nelson
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NFL Linebacker Pleads Not Guilty to Biting Woman
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