'In distress': Concerns over 'worrying' Victoria Azarenka moment

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Victoria Azarenka (pictured left) on her knees struggling to breathe in the heat and (pictured right) leaving court in distress.
Victoria Azarenka (pictured) was struggling to breathe in the heat at Melbourne Park and was forced to take a Medical Time Out. (Image: Eurosport/Getty Images)

Medical officials were forced to rush over to Victoria Azarenka after the star appeared to be struggling to breathe during the warm weather at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Only moments after a young ball kid collapsed on Court 16 during the match between Lloyd Harris and Mikael Torpegaard, the two-time Australian Open champ started struggling in the heat against American Jessica Pegula.

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Azarenka was a set down and a break down before it became clear she was struggling to breathe.

But at 40-0 in her service game, she walked over to the shade before bending over in clear distress.

The medical officials sprinted over to help the Belarusian, before she took a Medical Time Out off court.

Fans immediately became worried for the 12th seed, who has struggled in warm conditions in the past.

Despite the incident, Azarenka returned to court and despite losing four points in a row, she was able to hold serve.

However, in a huge upset, Pegula held her nerve to wrap up the match 7-5, 6-4 in one of the biggest upsets so far in the Australian Open.

The temperature was around 22C at Melbourne Park at midday on Tuesday, with the mercury expected to hit 27C.

Ball kid in trouble after collapsing

The temperate was clearly taking a toll for those down on court level after a ball kid collapsed on court 16.

Tennis reporter Jose Morgado shared worrying images of the kid on court with fans flooding him with well wishes.

“Hoping it’s all good,” Morgado wrote.

Tuesday’s action at Melbourne Park kicked off with hardly any spectators in the stands for the second day running.

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