Serena Williams retires from 3rd round match at Indian Wells

Ruben Hill
March 15, 2019

The ninth-seeded German, Angelique Kerber is through to the quarterfinals of the Indian Wells 2019 as she ousted World Number nine, Aryna Sabalenka in the fourth round.

"By the score, it might have looked like I started well, but I was not feeling at all well physically", Williams said in comments distributed by tournament officials.

The Latvian tennis player Sevastova, who reached the 2018 US Open semi-final, was forced to retire in the first set of her match against Anett Kontaveit on Monday, one day after Williams complained of being sick. "Now it's about getting healthy and about recovering and preparing myself for Miami, because Miami is a tournament I do well in".

"I felt like every time I was trying something different she was coming up with better shots", Muguruza said. All five of their prior matches came in Grand Slams, the last two in Grand Slam finals with Williams winning at Wimbledon in 2015 and Muguruza walking off with the 2016 French Open crown.

"It's incredible what I've achieved the last couple months and I think that's the best tennis, one of the best matches I've ever played", Andreescu said.

Halep, the No. 2 seed, needed almost two hours to beat qualifier Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the third round. She is wildcard recipient and it's her first appearance at the Californian desert.

Bertens' six aces were nullified by 4 double faults and Muguruza was ultimately able to improve her win-loss record to 2-3 against the World No. 7.

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.

"I had to adapt a little bit my position in the court, the way I was hitting, and it took me a few games to kind of do it", Muguruza said. "But at the end it was a tough second set, and it's maybe also exactly what I needed".

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, was seeded 10th as she continues to work her way back up the rankings in the wake of time off to have a baby.

The 33-year-old Swiss beat Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 7-5, finally sealing match point on his fifth attempt after three hours and 24 minutes.

The World Number 20, Garbine Muguruza could manage to win just a game in the quarterfinal clash.

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