Serena Williams retired from her Indian Wells match against Garbine Muguruza citing "extreme dizziness and extreme fatigue". 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.
The Spaniard also revealed that she had to make changes to her game after Williams raced to a 3-0 lead at the start of the match.
"By the score, it might have looked like I started well, but I was not feeling at all well physically", Williams said.
Williams was suffering from a viral infection, according to tournament officials, which was later confirmed by Williams herself.
Williams withdrew from Indian Wells back in 2015, her first time playing the event since 2001 and did not participate in 2017 due to her pregnancy.
Williams, now ranked number ten in the world, has won a record 23 Grand Slam titles - one more than former record holder Steffi Graf.
Spaniard Muguruza, who is 20th on the Women's Tennis Association singles rankings and was the women's singles champion at Wimbledon in 2017, will play the victor of No. 7 seed match between Kiki Bertens and Johanna Konta.
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Then Williams faced, in her first seed, multiple Major champion and former No1 Garbine Muguruza, ranked here at 20 after a dip in her results in the previous year or so.
Muguruza now progresses to the last 16 and will face number seven seed Kiki Bertens.
"We've played many times and it's always super tough, super exciting", she said.
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 Swiss ace won the first set 6-1 but had a more hard second set, which ended 7-5 while Nadal surrendered just two games against this American opponent winning 6-1,6-1.
World number twoSimona Halepsurvived a strong challenge from qualifier Kateryna Kozlova to reach the fourth round.
The Miami Premier Mandatory follows hot on the heels of Indian Wells, and has given Williams some of the best results in a career packed by great results, no fewer than eight titles, a remarkable 75-9 history. I think his serve really picked up.