In a shocking turn of events, Danish tennis sensation Clara Tauson had to withdraw from a WTA tournament in Guangzhou, China, during her second-round match against Yulia Putintseva.
The incident occurred at a 1-1 set score and appeared to be a collapse.
A disturbing scene
Tauson, who looked promising at the beginning of the match, seemed to be struggling as the game progressed. During the set break, she received extended treatment from the physiotherapist and even had ice applied to her. Danish TV 2, which broadcasted the match, reported that Tauson was eventually wheeled off the court in a wheelchair.
Tauson's discomfort might have been due to the high temperatures in the Chinese city. She initially led in the first set, breaking to 3-1 and holding her serve thereafter. However, as the match continued, her condition visibly deteriorated.
Both players held their serves throughout the second set. Tauson had multiple break opportunities but couldn't capitalize on them. On the other hand, Putintseva had three set points at 5-4, which Tauson managed to fend off. The set eventually went to a tiebreak, where Putintseva took an early lead and won.
A concerning moment
Tauson returned to the court for her first service game in the third set but laid down on the court after just four points. Medical staff rushed to assist her, marking a concerning end to the match.
Yulia Putintseva, Tauson's opponent, has previously ranked as high as 27th in the world and has reached the quarterfinals in both the French Open and the US Open.
You can watch the the dramatic episode in the video below