Azarenka falls dizzy on court in US Open

10:05, September 02, 2010      

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The number 10 seed Victoria Azarenka collapsed on court of Grandstand in the US Open on Wednesday, probably for the sake of scorching heat of 95 Fahrenheit degrees.

The Belarusian suddenly crumpled to the ground behind the baseline and appeared to fall unconscious when she was serving at 1-5, 15-30 behind in the first set during her second round match against Gisela Dulko of Argentina.

She was helped off the court in a wheelchair after medics, ballboys, and Dulko immediately rushed over with towels, ice, and water.

Azarenka looked out of sorts from the first point of the match, which she double-faulted, and quickly fell to an 0-4 deficit.

On the first changeover she summoned a trainer who appeared to test her for signs of dizziness and exhaustion, but did not request a medical timeout.

The Belarussian continued to falter, however, winning just one game and swiping in vain at a particularly awkward service toss which she lost in the sun.

Dulko said: "I was scared. She went to the floor. I was worried for her. I went to see her, brought her some ice, did whatever I could to help."

"After that you don't think about tennis, you are just worried about your opponent.

"Now she has gone to the hospital so I guess it's something serious and I hope she is feeling good soon."

Asked about the conditions, Dulko added: "I'm used to this kind of weather but on the first day when I went to practice I was feeling dizzy as well.

"It's hard to play in these conditions and today I am much better because I have been here a few days, but it's tough."

It's not the first time that Azarenka has been forced to retire during a Grand Slam. In her fourth round match at the 2009 Australian Open, the 21-year-old took a set off of Serena Williams before retiring from dizziness and illness.

This is the third consecutive day that temperatures in Flushing Meadows have hovered in the mid-90s.

It's not the only case for seeds to complain over the heat. Asia's top ranked player Li Na, number eight seed, was ousted in the first round on Tuesday by Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko.

Li said after the match that "I feel really good prior to the match, so I expected to go far in the US Open this year. It's really out of my prediction to exit so early. I'm not used to find excuse for my defeat, but the high temperature and my inconsistency really affected the result."

Source: Xinhua


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