'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

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

However, Williams - who entered the tournament as the 10th seed - was not moving freely and Muguruza battled back with a series of stunning groundstrokes of her own.

Williams, now ranked number ten in the world, has won a record 23 Grand Slam titles - one more than former record holder Steffi Graf.

Muguruza was winning 6-3 1-0 when Williams was forced to withdraw from the third round meeting.

"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 organizers.

"I wish I'm going to see her soon and feeling better", added the Spaniard, who advanced to a fourth-round clash with seventh-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, a 7-6 (12/10), 6-4 victor over Britain's Johanna Konta. Williams was 4-for-4 on break points in the set, while McHale only won 18 percent of her first-service points and never held serve.

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. "I will focus on getting better and start preparing for Miami".

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Muguruza said it felt like a hollow victory.

She quickly called time on proceedings, handing Muguruza a place in the last 16 - where she will meet Kiki Bertens or Johanna Konta.

Sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina also advanced, holding of Australian Daria Gavrilova 7-5, 6-4.

Halep, the 2015 champion, was challenged but got past qualifier Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 (7-3) 7-5.

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