Tennis

Ailing Serena concedes to Muguruza

Serena Williams. File

Serena Williams. File   | Photo Credit: AFP

Nadal and Federer move into next round with contrasting wins; Bopanna-Shapovalov duo loses

Serena Williams' first tournament since the Australian Open came to an abrupt end here on Sunday as the ailing 23-time Grand Slam champion retired from her third-round WTA match against Garbine Muguruza.

Muguruza was leading 6-3, 1-0 when Williams called it a day in the battle of former World No. 1s, because of a viral illness.

“Before the match, I did not feel great, and then it just got worse with every second; extreme dizziness and extreme fatigue,” Williams said in comments released via tournament organisers.

Muguruza was sorry to see it end the way it did.

Meanwhile men’s World No. 2 Rafael Nadal raced into the third round, while Roger Federer made a less speedy but still successful start to his quest for a sixth title.

Nadal, a three-time Indian Wells winner, needed just 72 minutes to get past over-matched Jared Donaldson, 6-1, 6-1.

Federer, who is seeking to break out of a tie with top seed Novak Djokovic for most titles in the California desert, looked set for a similarly easy time, but had to fight off a second-set challenge from German Peter Gojowczyk in a 6-1, 7-5 win.

“I struggled a little bit with my serving in that second set and that gave him chances. Because he was serving better he started to swing more freely and then it was tough,” Federer said. “I’m really happy I found a way in that second set.”

Tough encounter

In doubles, Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov of Canada were beaten 6-4, 1-6, [10-8] by Novak Djjokovic and Fabio Fognini in the pre-quarterfinals.

The Indo-Canadian pair, which had earlier ousted the second seeds — Jamie Murray of Britain and Bruno Soares of Brazil in straight sets — collected 90 ATP points and $30,060.

Important results: Men: Second round: Stan Wawrinka bt Marton Fucsovics 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-5; Roger Federer bt Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-5; Rafael Nadal bt Jared Donaldson 6-1, 6-1.

Women: Third round: Garbine Muguruza bt Serena Williams 6-3, 1-0 (retd.); Elina Svitolina bt Daria Gavrilova 7-5, 6-4; Simona Halep bt Kateryna Kozlova 7-6(3), 7-5.

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