Tennis news - Serena Williams retires from Indiana Wells match
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.
Serena Williams of the United States walks back to her chair to receive medical attention for a viral infection during her match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the second round of the BNP Paribas Masters on March 10, 2019 at the Indian Wells Tennis
Published 10/03/2019 at 23:03 GMT | Updated 11/03/2019 at 08:50 GMT
Williams had taken a 3-0 lead in the first set before losing the next seven games. She walked to the chair after the first game of the second set and sat down, breathing heavily. After a discussion with supervisor Donna Kelso the American retired.
Tournament officials said the former world number one was suffering from a viral illness and Williams later confirmed she had been feeling ill ahead of the third-round tie.