Venus victorious over McHale in Indian Wells third round

Arnold Nichols
March 13, 2019

Serena Williams' BNP Paribas Open campaign came to an end in the third round as she retired from her match against Garbine Muguruza due to illness while trailing 6-3 1-0.

Williams was suffering from a viral infection, according to tournament officials, which was later confirmed by Williams herself.

"Before the match I did not feel great and then it just got worse with every second - extreme dizziness and extreme fatigue", the American said in a statement.

"I felt that maybe she wasn't feeling well", she said. "It's really a weird feeling, because I don't feel like I won the match point and (got the) "well done, . good match".

Williams was seeded 10th in her first tournament since a quarter-final exit at the Australian Open.

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.


"I never played her, so it's also you're out there learning", Williams said.

Halep's two holds - sandwiched around another break of Kozlova's serve - put the Romanian up 5-2 but she was broken serving for the match and needed one last break of Kozlova's serve in the final game to clinch it with a backhand up the line. 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.

"I think I played well one set".

Halep, the No. 2 seed, needed almost two hours to beat qualifier Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the third round.

Williams made a solid start to Sunday's contest in California as she raced into a 3-0 lead, dominating from the baseline with a string of powerful forehands.

On the women's side, No. 7 Kiki Bertens and No. 18 Qiang Wang advanced.

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