Serena Williams retired from her Indian Wells encounter with Garbine Muguruza

Serena Williams retired from her Indian Wells encounter with Garbine Muguruza

Serena Williams retired from her Indian Wells encounter with Garbine Muguruza

"I felt that maybe she wasn't feeling well", said Muguruza.

Williams left the court to warm applause, yet he ongoing fitness issues must be concerning the tennis legend who has struggled to hit top form since returning to the court following the birth of her first child previous year.

Younger sister Serena, a two-time champion at Indian Wells, retired from her match on Sunday because of a viral illness. After the birth of her daughter Olympia, Williams had postpartum struggles along and had major pregnancy complications and penned a powerful essay detailing how she nearly died giving birth.

"By the score it might have looked like I started well, but I was not feeling at all well physically". "It's really a weird feeling, because I don't feel like I won the match point and (got the) "well done, . good match". Barthel has played nine sets to get this point and has been broken a combined 16 times.

However, Williams - who entered the tournament as the 10th seed - was not moving freely and Muguruza battled back with a series of stunning groundstrokes of her own.

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There were service breaks aplenty as Halep and Kozlova traded four on the way to the first-set tiebreaker and four more to open the second set.

In the men's draw, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal cruised into the round of 32. The former World No.1 extended her lead even further by breaking McHale at love for a 5-1 lead, punctuating that game with a bruising forehand service return for a clean victor.

"I think I played well one set".

Karolina Pliskova eased past qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure 6-3, 6-2.

Muguruza was winning 6-3 1-0 when Williams was forced to withdraw from the third round meeting.

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