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Monday, 14 January 2019

Petkovic collapses mid-point in distressing scenes


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German tennis star Andrea Petkovic has retired from her first round Australian Open clash against Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu after collapsing mid-point in distressing scenes at Melbourne Park.

The 2011 quarter-finalist claimed a tight first set 7-6, and was level-pegging at 4-3 in the second when the German world No 64 collapsed to the ground mid-stroke.

Officials were quick to race to the 31-year-old’s aid as she lay on the searing surface of Court 5.

Distressingly, Petkovic attempted to rise to her feet but was unable to do so as officials checks her pulse and blood pressure.

Andrea Petkovic collapses

The German subsequently retired from the match and appeared groggy when she met Begu at the net for a brief hug.

The cause of the incident has yet to be officially confirmed but heat stroke is suspected.

Temperatures were expected to reach 37 degrees Celsius in Melbourne Park but fell just shy of the mark.

Elsewhere in the women’s draw, Australia’s Ash Barty raced through her first round clash against Luksika Kumkhum in 57 minutes dispatching the Thai 6-2 6-2.

German tennis star Andrea Petkovic has retired from her first round Australian Open clash against Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu after collapsing mid-point in distressing scenes at Melbourne Park.

The 2011 quarter-finalist claimed a tight first set 7-6, and was level-pegging at 4-3 in the second when the German world No 64 collapsed to the ground mid-stroke.

Officials were quick to race to the 31-year-old’s aid as she lay on the searing surface of Court 5.

Distressingly, Petkovic attempted to rise to her feet but was unable to do so as officials checks her pulse and blood pressure.

Andrea Petkovic collapses

The German subsequently retired from the match and appeared groggy when she met Begu at the net for a brief hug.

The cause of the incident has yet to be officially confirmed but heat stroke is suspected.

Temperatures were expected to reach 37 degrees Celsius in Melbourne Park but fell just shy of the mark.

Elsewhere in the women’s draw, Australia’s Ash Barty raced through her first round clash against Luksika Kumkhum in 57 minutes dispatching the Thai 6-2 6-2.

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