Serena (illness) retires from Indian Wells match

Serena (illness) retires from Indian Wells match

Tennis superstar Serena Williams was forced off court during her BNP Paribas Open match at Indian Wells against Garbine Muguruza on Sunday after experiencing "extreme fatigue" brought on by a viral infection. "It's really a weird feeling, because I don't feel like I won the match point and (got the) "well done, ... good match".

For her part, Muguruza says that she took no pleasure from her unconventional victory against one of the sport's all-time greats.

"Yeah, at the end of the first set, I felt that maybe she wasn't feeling well", said Muguruza (via the Palm Springs Desert Sun), who is ranked 20th.

Williams consulted a trainer before testing herself in the second set, but subsequently pulled the plug on her afternoon after falling behind 1-0. Barthel has played nine sets to get this point and has been broken a combined 16 times.

Williams has not won a tournament since defeating her sister Venus in the final of the 2017 Australian Open.

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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.

Rafael Nadal breezed past American Jared Donaldson 6-1, 6-1 and Roger Federer beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-5 in the second round.

She retired after losing the first game. No. 8 Angelique Kerber outlasted qualifier Natalia Vikhlyantseva 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 and No. 9 Aryna Sabalenka defeated 24th-seeded Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 7-5.

"If someone would have told me I would have gone to the third round of this tournament at the beginning of the year, I would have said, 'You're crazy,"' Andreescu said.

The Spaniard advances to take on Kiki Bertens in the fourth round.

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