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Venus victorious over McHale in Indian Wells third round

Venus victorious over McHale in Indian Wells third round

Williams has not won a tournament since defeating her sister Venus in the final of the 2017 Australian Open.

With the former world number one's groundstrokes failing her, Kozlova reeled off 11 of the next 12 points, breaking back for 5-5 with a forehand victor.

Muguruza was winning 6-3 1-0 when Williams was forced to withdraw from the third round meeting. She walked to the chair after the first game of the second set and sat down, breathing heavily.

"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 a statement posted by the tournament.

Her opponent, 25-year-old Muguruza, noticed that something was awry with Williams too.

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Williams led 3-0 in the first set before momentum flipped decisively in favor of her fellow former world No. 1, with Muguruza storming back with six unanswered games to take the set 6-3. "It's really a weird feeling, because I don't feel like I won the match point and (got the) "well done, ... good match". While you have to give Barthel credit for finding a way to advance, she must be better with her serve if she's going to advance any further.

Williams, who made the semifinals in the desert a year ago, was playing McHale for the first time.

"When I was leading the match, she played without fear, I felt like she was playing much better in those games", Halep said.

Halep next faces 61st-ranked Czech Marketa Vondrousova, who followed up her win over 2018 finalist Daria Kasatkina with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over 22nd seed Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

She had defeated Victoria Azarenka 7-5 6-3 in her first match on Friday.