'I can't breathe': Serena Williams RETIRES from Indian Wells against Garbine Muguruza

'I can't breathe': Serena Williams RETIRES from Indian Wells against Garbine Muguruza

Serena Williams receives medical attention after she retired in the second set of her match against Garbine Muguruza. She walked to the chair after the first game of the second set and sat down, breathing heavily.

Williams had taken a 3-0 lead in the first set before losing seven straight games, including the first game of the second set, when the obviously troubled Williams took an unscheduled break in California.

Williams was playing her first tournament since the Australian Open in late January, when she lost in the quarterfinals. The 19-year-old Czech dropped the first set to the Latvian but regrouped herself to claim a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win in two hours and two minutes.

"By the score it might have looked like I started well, but I was not feeling at all well physically".

"I wish I'm going to see her soon, and better!"

"We've played many times and it's always super-tough, super-exciting", said Muguruza, like Williams a former world number one.

Serving for the match, Bertens saved one break point and let two match points slide by before she reached the round of 16 for the first time at Indian Wells when Konta sent a forehand wide. That year she reached the semifinals before withdrawing against Simona Halep. 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.

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

"If I maybe would have served a little bit better, I think things would have gone faster", Federer said. The next was the 2016 French final, where Murguruza won 7-5, 6-4.

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