Muguruza is the only player to have beaten both Serena and Venus Williams in tournament finals. “It’s really a weird feeling because I don’t feel like I won the match point and well done, good match,” Muguruza said. “It was just like, ‘Man, we’ll play next time.'” The Spaniard credited Williams for being “very dominating” from the start of the match. “I had to adapt a little bit my position in the court, the way I was hitting, and it took me a few games to kind of do it,” Muguruza said. “Once I did it, I felt much more comfortable.” Williams was playing her first tournament since the Australian Open in late January, when she lost in the quarterfinals. After a first-round bye in Indian Wells, she beat Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-3 on Friday night. It’s the second time in four years that Williams has withdrawn from the tournament. She returned to the desert in 2015 after a 15-year boycott. That year she reached the semifinals before withdrawing against Simona Halep. She missed 2017 because of pregnancy.
Serena pulls the plug 🔌@GarbiMuguruza defeats Serena Williams 6-3, 1-0 (Ret.)Stay tuned for further updates #BNPPO19 pic.twitter.com/JAC5cztHkB — Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) March 10, 2019