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U.S. Open: Victoria Azarenka still hospitalized after collapse

September 1, 2010 | 12:32 pm


Tenth-seeded Victoria Azarenka, who collapsed during her match against Gisela Dulko Wednesday, is still at a local hospital according to U.S. Open tournament referee Brian Earley. Earley said Azarenka retired from the match, where she trailed 5-1, "with headache-like symptoms. She was taken to a nearby hospital for diagnostic testing. Out of respect to her privacy, we can not give any more details. However, we can say that this does not seem to be primarily a heat-related illness."

Extreme heat rules are in effect, allowing women to take a 10-minute break after two sets and allows men to ask for medical timeouts if needed. There have been a couple of instances of cramping though most players have said so far that though the heat is noticeable it isn't impossible.

NCAA champion Bradley Klahn, who lost to Sam Querrey, said he didn't realize how hot he was until he dropped his racket mid-point because he was cramping.

-- Diane Pucin in New York

Photo: Victoria Azarenka. Credit: Gepa / US Presswire