'Never seen that': Australian Open rocked by 'heartbreaking' scenes

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Harmony Tan (pictured) was advised to retire after suffering from injury against Elina Svitolina at the Australian Open. (Images: Twitter)
Harmony Tan (pictured) was advised to retire after suffering from injury against Elina Svitolina at the Australian Open. (Images: Twitter)

The Australian Open has witnessed some tough scenes after unseeded French player Harmony Tan needed a wheelchair to leave court after breaking down just before the end of the match.

Earlier, Tan had saved match point after battling back from 5-4 against World No.17 Elina Svitolina, before taking the set.

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Tan was in visible pain in the deciding set and took a Medical Time Out towards the end of the third set.

She was then down 5-1 in the third when she could hardly walk.

Tan didn't want to quit, but the referee mentioned it could be detrimental to her injury, before the unseeded player called time.

Tan cut a broken figure when she was wheeled off court.

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Fans watching were supportive of Tan and said her reluctance to give up, despite being in serious pain, showed her true class.

Svitolina will now take on 24th seed Victoria Azarenka in a blockbuster Third Round clash at the Australian Open.

Azarenka defeated Jil Teichmann 6-1, 6-2.

World No.1 Ash Barty also advanced to the Third Round having only dropped three games across two matches so far.

Lucia Bronzetti was demolished in just 52 minutes on Wednesday.

The Italian was no match for Australia's World No.1 on Rod Laver Arena as Barty produced an array of slices and lob shots in a 6-1, 6-1 masterclass.

Barty showcased her vast arsenal of shots, including one stunning lob during the match.

"I would say she's got the best lob in the game," Jelena Dokic said in commentary for Channel Nine.

Co-commentator Sam Smith said: "You have to feel for Lucia.

"One minute she's playing the ball off her toes and next she needs a step-ladder."

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