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U.S. Open: Victoria Azarenka collapses from heat

Updated, 3:35 p.m.

Victoria Azarenka collapsed while serving on the Grandstand court at the U.S. Open during her second-round match Wednesday against Gisela Dulko and retired from the tournament.

Trailing 1-5 15-30, Azarenka fell to the ground. She was treated and taken from the court in a wheelchair. Her agent said she was taken to a local hospital. Azarenka, the No. 10 seed from Belarus, had struggled throughout the match and was wearing all black clothing on a 90-degree day in New York. She received treatment from a trainer for an arm injury and reportedly complained of blurry vision.

"I was scared," Dulko said. "She went to the floor. I was worried for her. I went to see her, brought some ice, did whatever I could do to help."

Although it was hot, tournament officials had not activated their extreme weather policy, as they did on Tuesday. The policy allows to players to request a 10-minute break between the second and third sets if the temperature is above a certain level when the match starts.

"It's tough to play out there," Dulko said. "It's really hot, really humid. You sweat so much, sometimes it's impossible to hold the racket."

By Cindy Boren  |  September 1, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
 
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