Serena Williams’ return to tennis after a five-week break ended early, retiring from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (Riverside County) because of a viral illness Sunday.
Williams raced to a 3-0 lead over Garbiñe Muguruza in their third-round match before dropping the first set, 6-3.
“It might have looked like I started well, but I was not feeling at all well physically,” Williams said in a statement.
During the changeover, Williams called for a trainer. She then lost the first game of the second set. The match soon was declared over.
Second-seeded Simona Halep needed nearly two hours to beat qualifier Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the third round. Bianca Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, advanced with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Stefanie Voegele.
In men’s second-round matches, Roger Federer beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-5; Rafael Nadal dusted Jared Donaldson 6-1, 6-1 and Roger Federer beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-5.
Villa player slugged,
then scores winner
A spectator ran onto the field and threw a punch at Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish at Birmingham City on Sunday.
The incident happened less than 10 minutes into the second-tier Championship game in central England. The fan ran from behind Grealish and struck the side of the midfielder’s head.
“There’s rivalry and stuff in football, but I don’t think there’s any place for that,” Grealish said.
The intruder was led away by police, blowing kisses to the crowd, then was arrested.
Grealish then scored the goal in the second half that secured a 1-0 victory for Villa.
• In MLS, Atlanta United had a 1-1 tie against visiting FC Cincinnati. … NYC FC and visiting D.C. United played to a 0-0 draw. … Ilie Sanchez scored on a penalty kick in the 11th minute, Tim Melia saved a penalty kick and host Sporting K.C beat Philadelphia 2-0. … Carlos Vela scored and had three assists to help host Los Angeles FC beat Portland 4-1.
NFL: Linebacker Dante Fowler re-signed with the Rams, passing up unrestricted free agency to stay with the NFC champions.
College football: Former Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook is headed to Florida State. A graduate transfer who is eligible in 2019, Hornibrook started 32 games for the Badgers and threw for 47 touchdowns and 5,438 yards. Last year’s FSU starter, Deondre Francois, was dismissed from the team last month.
College baseball: Erik Miller struck out nine in six innings of one-hit ball as No. 4 Stanford (12-3) rolled to a 9-0 rout of No. 9 Texas (12-6) in a game at Sunken Diamond shortened to 6½ innings because of rain.
Obituaries: Olympic track cyclist Kelly Catlin, who helped the U.S. women’s pursuit team win the silver medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, died Friday in her on-campus residence at Stanford. Catlin, 23, was pursuing a graduate degree.
• Harry Howell, the New York Rangers’ Hall of Fame defenseman, died Saturday near his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. He was 86. Howell also played in the NHL for the Oakland/California Golden Seals, finishing in the World Hockey Association.
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