"In the match, after 25 minutes or so, I was getting difficulty, like an asthma attack, which I don't have". After some time, the end of the second set, the physio came again, I thought I would be better.
She was taken off the court and, speaking after the match was called off, the world number 180 expressed her surprise that it even went ahead, given the poor air quality. "But I just couldn't breathe anymore and I fell on the floor".
In the midst of all this, the Australian Open issued a media release, only it wasn't in relation to the smokey conditions and player welfare, but rather the launch of a Harry Potter-themed day on the second Monday of the tournament.
In tears and visibly distraught, Jakupovic was forced to medically retire and sought treatment from medical staff as she was carried off the court.More news: Vanessa Hudgens And Austin Butler Split After Nine Years
"I was really scared that I would collapse", Jakupovic told The Associated Press.
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"During the period of when we suspended practice and restarted the matches there was an improvement in the conditions", Tiley said before Jakupovic's retirement.
While TA has said they were consulting experts, Victoria state's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the governing body should establish a proper air quality policy along with its existing extreme heat policy to determine whether conditions are fit for play.
"Shocked to see that qualifying matches have started @Australian Open, What about the health of all the people that have to work out there, especially the ballkids?" she tweeted.
Australian Open officials had previously halted practice sessions and qualifying matchups due to the air quality in Melbourne, which has been hovering between "hazardous" and "very unhealthy" levels ever since the blanket of smoke settled across the city last night.More news: Kyrie Irving: 'I Love the Game, I Missed it So Much'
Scheduled horse race meetings in two separate Melbourne suburbs were also cancelled on Wednesday, governing body Racing Victoria said, "due to smoke haze and poor air quality".