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Victoria Azarenka Cites Pre-Match Concussion As Reason For Her Collapse

Victoria Azarenka, the No. 10 seed at the U.S. Open who collapsed during her second round match on Wednesday, cited a concussion sustained while jogging prior to her match as to why she collapsed and was forced to retire.

“I felt worse as the match went on, having a headache and feeling dizzy,” she said in the statement.

Frankly, that makes more sense than simply being overwhelmed by the unusually scorching heat at Flushing Meadows. Yes, it’s dangerously hot out there, particularly when you factor in the elevated temperatures on the hard cement surfaces. But we’re talking about world-class athletes here who have spent their entire lives competing in heat.