The chair umpire asked French player Harmony Tan to retire during her second-round match against Elina Svitolina due to her injury.
Svitolina looked like she was cruising after winning the first set 6-3. But Tan saved a match point at 5-4 in the second set before winning it 7-5.
In the decider however, the 24-year-old seemed to be struggling with a calf injury and took a Medical Time Out towards the end of it.
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Though Tan was in visible pain she was determine to continue. But the chair umpire encouraged her to retire so as to not aggravate her injury.
Tan retired hurt at 5-1 in the third set and left the Margaret Court Arena in a wheelchair.
“It’s always horrible for any athlete to get injured during the competition,” said Svitolina.
“She made it not easy for me,” added the Ukrainian, who sprayed 43 unforced errors during the match, mostly from her forehand.
Svitolina will meet former champion Victoria Azarenka in a blockbuster third round clash.
Azarenka maintained her unbeaten record in the round of 64 at Melbourne Park by sweeping past Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann 6-1, 6-2.
Anisimova upsets Bencic
Amanda Anisimova upset 22nd seed Belinda Bencic 6-2, 7-5, in the second round of Australian Open.
The American, who claimed her second career title at this month’s Melbourne Summer Set 2, landed 28 winners to her opponent’s 10.
Anisimova set up a first-time encounter against 13th seed Naomi Osaka, who beat Madison Brengle 6-0, 6-4, in Friday’s round of 32 clash.
“I think it would be very exciting to play Naomi,” she said.
“I’ve been wanting to play her for a while…I’ll enjoy the atmosphere. She’s an amazing player, so I’ll look forward to that.”