Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Venus advances in straight sets at Indian Wells

Venus advances in straight sets at Indian Wells

Kvitova had made the finals in two of her first three tournaments this year.

Tournament officials said the former world number one was suffering from 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", the American said in a statement. 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.

After a first set in which she had led 3-0, Williams had a lengthy conversation with the trainer and doctor but no medical timeout was taken.

"By the score, it might have looked like I started well, but I was not feeling at all well physically", Williams said. She walked to the chair after the first game of the second set and sat down, breathing heavily. "It's extra motivation for me to play just a little bit better out there".

After the match, Muguruza sent her best wishes to Williams.

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There were service breaks aplenty as Halep and Kozlova traded four on the way to the first-set tiebreaker and four more to open the second set. The former World No.1 extended her lead even further by breaking McHale at love for a 5-1 lead, punctuating that game with a bruising forehand service return for a clean victor.

She is now ranked 10th in the world.

Muguruza said it felt like a hollow victory.

"It was hard for me to close out those sets", Halep told reporters, praising Kozlova.

The result saw Muguruza set up a fourth-round meeting with Kiki Bertens, the seventh seed who overcame Konta 7-6 (12-10) 6-4. The next was the 2016 French final, where Murguruza won 7-5, 6-4.

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