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Serena Williams retires ill at Indian Wells

13 March, 2019, 03:59 | Author: Tommie Newton
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Meanwhile sister Venus Williams was expected to take to the court against challenger Christina McHale on Monday.

"It was just like, "man, we'll play next time".

Osaka's first-serve percentage was 66 and she won 70 percent of her first-serve points. I think his serve really picked up. "My mindset was just to keep trying to get my feet moving and stay pumped up and positive". She returned to the desert in 2015 after a 15-year boycott.

"It is different from a year ago, but I think I am getting used to it, " Osaka said. Their last two contests, indeed, determined Major titles: the most recent saw Muguruza win the French Open, the previous one saw Williams take the Wimbledon title. She was sympathetic toward Williams after her win while wishing her a speedy recovery. And at 38, she's showing vintage form.

"It's really a weird feeling, because I don't feel like I won the match point and, 'Well done, you know, good match, '" said Muguruza.

"I struggled a little bit with my serving in that second set and that gave him chances".

The tournament lost 23-times Grand Slam victor Serena Williams, who retired against Garbine Muguruza with what organisers described as a viral illness. She went back out and lost the first game of the second set.

Halep finally won the set on her third opportunity with another trademark backhand down the line.

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Williams was competing in her first tournament since exiting the Australian Open at the quarter-final stage in January.

Bertens will next meet Spain's Muguruza. Williams rallied from early breaks down in both sets to win.

Still seeking her first tournament title since returning in 2018 from a long layoff that included a hard childbirth, the 37-year-old Williams showed excellent form at the start of Sunday's match.

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

Five-time champion Roger Federer defeated German Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-5 in the second round.

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

Bianca Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, moved on with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Stefanie Voegele.

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