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Toxic air quality causing havoc at Australian Open qualifiers


The air quality in Melbourne is causing havoc at the Australian Open qualifiers .

Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic was forced to retire this afternoon after suffering a coughing fit, leading 6-4, 5-6 over Stefanie Voegele.

The 28-year-old required medical assistance throughout the match, dealing with breathing difficulties in the first set.

This comes after play was delayed by an hour before being deemed safe to play by officials.

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard also required a medical timeout, dealing with a sore chest and breathing difficulties.

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