Serena Williams retires to send Garbine Muguruza R16 — WTA Indian Wells

Serena Williams retires to send Garbine Muguruza R16 — WTA Indian Wells

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

23-time Grand Slam title victor Serena Williams dropped out of the BNP Paribas Open early with a viral illness on Sunday.

She retired after losing the first game.

Williams walked to the chair after the first game of the second set of her match with Muguruza and sat down, breathing heavily. "By the score, it might have looked like I started well, but I was not feeling at all well physically".

Williams got off to a flying start, using crosscourt winners from both wings to reach double break point at 1-0, then breaking for 2-0 after a Muguruza forehand error.

Muguruza next faces seventh seed Kiki Bertens, who beat Britain's Johanna Konta. The Spaniard then got through one more tough service game to hold for 5-3 and put the pressure squarely on Williams.

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

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In fact their five prior meetings all came in Grand Slams, the last two in finals.

The first Murguruza victory was in the second round of the French Open in 2014, when the Spaniard took out Williams 6-2, 6-2.

Serena Williams (USA) as she defeated Victoria Azarenka (not pictured) during her second round match in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

"It was hard for me to close those sets, but I'm actually proud that I could do that", added the Romanian.

She is now ranked 10th in the world.

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