Bushfire Smoke Causes Player To Forfeit Her Qualifying Match For Australian Open

A spectator wears a mask to cope with the smog during an Australian Open practice session at Melbourne Park. Poor air quality caused practice sessions to be suspended on Tuesday.

Slovenia’s Dalila Jakupovic was trying to make the first round of the tournament set to open next week. She had trouble breathing and later told reporters, “I was really scared that I would collapse.”

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