Serena Williams retires through injury against Muguruza

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"Yeah, at the end of the first set, I felt that maybe she wasn't feeling well", Muguruza said, via USA Today.

Williams left the court to warm applause, yet he ongoing fitness issues must be concerning the tennis legend who has struggled to hit top form since returning to the court following the birth of her first child a year ago.

An ill Serena Williams retired from the BNP Paribas Open while trailing Spain's Garbine Muguruza 6-3 1-0 at Indian Wells on Sunday.

Barty, the Australian 12th seed, was in fine form as she brushed past wildcard Jennifer Brady 6-3 6-2, setting up a meeting with Svitolina.

After Kozlova claimed a 3-2 advantage in the first set, Halep won three consecutive games to go to set point at 5-3 on Kozlova's serve. "It's really a weird feeling, because I don't feel like I won the match point and (got the) "well done, ... good match".

However, Williams - who entered the tournament as the 10th seed - was not moving freely and Muguruza battled back with a series of stunning groundstrokes of her own.

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It's the second time in four years that Williams has withdrawn from the tournament.

She retired after losing the first game. As long as Venus has her return working and is spraying winners, you can live with an inconsistent serve and a higher number of break points.

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

World No.97 Barthel, a former Top 25 player, notched her second Top 20 win in a row with a third-round upset of her countrywoman Julia Goerges, the No.15 seed, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.

Nadal thrashed Jared Donaldson 6-1 6-1 and Federer beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-1 7-5.

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