Andrea Petkovic has had to give up your first-round match at the Australian Open against Irina-Camelia Begu. When the score was 6:7, 3:4 and 30:40 Petkovic hit a Ball into the net, then she dropped visibly dazed at the knee and leaning with the hands from the floor. Shortly afterwards, she laid on her back and lay for minutes on the court.

Petkovic was able to get up and walk to your chair, from this you way tipped however. Only with someone’s help, she was able to sit upright. As Petkovic could go back, congratulated them Begu and did not continue the game.

Andrea Petkovic after the Match

The cause of the collapse was initially unclear. The temperatures in Melbourne were more than 30 degrees, the humidity was high. In this tournament, which is new for heat stress scale, which is designed to protect athletes against over-charge, not suggested but apparently. It provides, in extreme conditions, among other things, breaks. In the past, games were stopped only when more than 40 degrees were reached.

Petkovic was excreted Julia Görges surprisingly, the 30-Year-old had lost 6:2, 6:7 (5:7), 4:6 against American Danielle Collins. Angelique Kerber defeated Polona Hercog in 1:12 hours 6:2, 6:2.

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