Australian Open tennis: Bushfire smoke interrupts practice

Smoke plays havoc with Australian Open qualifying

Tennis: Australian Open qualifying begins despite poor air quality

At Melbourne Park, Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic was leading her first-round Australian Open qualifying match against Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele when she dropped to her knees with a coughing spell.

Former World Number one, Maria Sharapova, also had her game called off owing to weather conditions.

Footage of the incident shows a clearly deeply distressed Jakupovic struggling to catch her breath, with concerned officials rushing to her side. Up one set and on the verge of levelling the second at 6 games apiece, Jakupovic collapsed to the court due to a reportedly "horrendous" coughing fit, before making the decision to retire after receiving medical treatment.

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"I think it was not fair because it's not healthy for us. But the points were a bit longer and I just couldn't breathe anymore and I just fell on the floor". However, all scheduled matches were allowed to be played at 11am local time after the organizers said the "air quality had sufficiently improved".

"This is new for all of us", said Tiley.

Camera IconEugene Bouchard looks dejected during her Melbourne match.

But that did not help qualifier Jakupovic, who had to be helped from the court after retiring at 6-4 5-6. "Both players are feeling the smoke so we are going to stop the match", the umpire had announced of the match between Sharapova, and German player Laura Siegemund.

Taking on German Laura Siegemund in the Australian Open warm-up tournament, the players and officials chose to stop play at 5-5 in the second set.

"After two and a half hours that was the right call for me".

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