Azarenka Faints Out of US Open; Oudin’s Year of Fame Ends
by Staff | September 1st, 2010, 11:18 pm
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Wednesday’s results on the women’s side at the US Open were overshadowed by the collapse of No. 10 seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, who slumped to the court during her match against Argentine Gisela Dulko and had to be taken off the court in a wheelchair to the hospital.


Rather than a collapse related to the searing heat in New York, it was revealed that the 21-year-old had, before the match, fell and hit her head in the gym, and hospital tests showed a mild concussion.

“I was checked by the medical team before I went on court and they were courtside for monitoring,” Azarenka said. “I felt worse as the match went on, having a headache and feeling dizzy.”

Azarenka was one of five seeds exiting the US Open on Wednesday. French wildcard Virginie Razzano upset No. 13 seed and countrywoman Marion Bartoli; former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic continued her resurgent play with a 6-3, 6-0 win over No. 21 Zheng Jie of China; Italian Sara Errani topped No. 28 Alisa Kleybanova; and Luxembourg qualifier Mandy Minella shocked No. 32 Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4, 6-0.

“I really felt I found my form in Cincinnati and was playing well, and then had to pull out in the semis [with injury] and then was out of the court for 10 days,” Ivanovic said. “I was not too happy about coming to the Open with such a break, but just very happy that I’m pain free now and I can actually compete.”

Top 10 seeds advancing Wednesday, all in straight sets, were (2) Kim Clijsters over Aussie qualifier Sally Peers, (3) Venus Williams over Canadian qualifier Rebecca Marino after a first-set tiebreak, (5) Samantha Stosur defeating Aussie Anastasia Rodionova, and (6) Francesca Schiavone finally emerging from her post-French Open party haze, rolling qualifier and countrywoman Maria Elena Camerin.

In other seeded action (24) Daniela Hantuchova came from a set down to defeat American Vania King, and (29) Alona Bondarenko sent 2009 quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin’s ranking spiraling.

“It was like the second I got out there, I did feel really tight,” Oudin told reporters after the match. “I think the nerves got the best of me today a little bit, especially in the first set. Second set I started playing a lot better, making the points a little bit longer. But, yeah, the first set definitely, uhm, I kind of like the crowd was like really, really loud. It was just like a lot. The second I got out there, I guess it kind of overwhelmed me a little bit.”

Thursday’s highlights are (1) Caroline Wozniacki vs. Taipei’s Kai-Chen Chang, (14) Maria “Shaza!” Sharapova vs. Iveta Benesova, (4) Jelena Jankovic vs. former phenom Mirjana Lucic, (18) Aravane Rezai vs. American Beatrice Capra, German Julia “Gorgeous” Goerges vs. (15) Yanina Wickmayer, (22) Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez vs. Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder, and (9) Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Shuai Peng.


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10 Comments for Azarenka Faints Out of US Open; Oudin’s Year of Fame Ends

jane Says:

Too bad for Azarenka; what bad luck to fall at the gym! But it’s nice to see Ivanovic finding some form again after such a long period of struggling. I hope she can continue her run here. I have no idea what her draw is like, though, but Zheng Jie is a good competitor so if Ana beat her that straight-forwardly, it bodes well.


madmax Says:

Jane,

here was the link we received yesterday – sad about Azarenka, but she is young, AO not too far away.

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/azarenkas-collapse-caused-by-mild-concussion-not-searing-heat-2067937.html


Ty Says:

Her ass looked great though while she was laying on the ground.


steve Says:

That’s a pretty sick thing to say.


Kimo Says:

As soon as I saw her in an all-black outfit when she came out on court, I knew she wasn’t gonna win. What was Nike thinking making her play in black in high noon?! I know it wasn’t the heat that got to her, but still…

I hope she gets well soon. She’s one of the very few WTA players I still both to watch.


Colin Says:

Nobody with concussion should exert themselves for a while, that’s basic sense. Obviously a seed doesn’t want to pull out in advance, but still…
As for the black outfit, Andy Murray’s opponent was similarly clad.


Kimo Says:

Colin said:

“As for the black outfit, Andy Murray’s opponent was similarly clad.”

Yeah. How did that work out? :)


Colin Says:

Erm, well – yes, Kimo. But I don’t think the heat got him, so much as general discouragement. When Murray’s in good form, he must be maddening to play if you aren’t top-class.


killerc Says:

cry about the black.. whatever!! I practice in 100+ degree temps in black. As much as I like azarenkas ass, it wasn’t the black clothes that did it, she was getting whooped and had a headache and gave theatrics to get out of the match. Used the “training accident” as an excuse. Yea I’m straight up calling bluff. I’ve seen people who’ve had heat complications and concussions – they dont fall that gracefully.


Kimo Says:

killerc says:

“I’ve seen people who’ve had heat complications and concussions – they dont fall that gracefully.”

So because she fell gracefully, she didn’t really have a concussion? Not buying it.

And I know it wasn’t the black dress, that it wasn’t heat exhaustion. But that doesn’t make wearing black in 100+ degree temperatures a smart thing to do.

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