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Thursday / November 14.
  • Azarenka Collapses at U.S. Open

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    Victoria Azarenka collapsed and had to be taken off the court in a wheelchair a half-hour into her second-round match against Gisela Dulko at the U.S. Open.

    Azarenka, a native of Belarus, was taken to a nearby hospital where it was determined she had suffered a mild concussion.

    “I was warming up in the gym prior to my match against Gisela Dulko when I fell while running a sprint,” she said in a statement. “I fell forward and hit my arm and head. I was checked by the medical team before I went on court, and they were courtside for monitoring.

    “I felt worse as the match went on, having a headache and feeling dizzy. I also started having trouble seeing and felt weak before I fell. I was taken to the hospital for some medical tests and have been diagnosed with a mild concussion.”

    Azarenka was trailing 5-1 in the first set and not moving well when she fell to the ground, not appearing to twist or strain anything.

    Medical personnel rushed out and yelled to the sideline to bring water. After a few minutes on the ground, Azarenka was helped into the wheelchair and moved off the court, with a trainer placing his hand on her neck to check her pulse.

    “I was scared,” Dulko said. “She went to the floor. I was worried for her. I went to see her, brought some ice, did whatever I could do to help.”


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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.