Published: Mon, March 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Serena Williams retired from her Indian Wells encounter with Garbine Muguruza

Serena Williams retired from her Indian Wells encounter with Garbine Muguruza

During the changeover between sets, Williams called for a trainer.

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. The match was soon declared over and Williams walked off the court. "I will focus on getting better and start preparing for Miami". That was Williams' worst defeat in a major tournament, to this day.

"I wish I'm going to see her soon and feeling better", added the Spaniard, who advanced to a fourth-round clash with seventh-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, a 7-6 (12/10), 6-4 victor over Britain's Johanna Konta.

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

The Spaniard credited Williams for being "very dominating" from the start of the match. A two-time Grand Slam singles victor, the 25-year-old Spaniard now has a 3-3 record against Williams including a win in the 2016 French Open final and a loss in the 2015 Wimbledon final, but she said this victory didn't come with the usual sense of triumph. "Once I did it, I felt much more comfortable".

Williams was playing in her first tournament since the Australian Open in late January.

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After a first-round bye in Indian Wells, she beat Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-3 on Friday night.

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. She missed 2017 because of pregnancy.

The 10th-seeded American, continuing to work her way back up the rankings in the wake of time off to have a baby, had made a strong start, winning the first three games. The opening set tie-break ended 12-10 with both players keen to put themselves ahead in the match. "But at the end it was a tough second set, and it's maybe also exactly what I needed".

Marketa Vondrousova backed up her second-round upset of 2018 Indian Wells finalist Daria Kasatkina with another upset, of that of the 22nd seed Jelena Ostapenko. He won his 100th career title in Dubai last week. She proceeded to lose her next seven games, making the score 6-3 1-0 before her departure.

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

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