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Sharapova leaves Melbourne exhibition due to smoke from fires

Sharapova leaves Melbourne exhibition due to smoke from fires

The former world number one Maria Sharapova left in a match at the Kooyong exhibition tournament, on the outskirts of Melbourne (Australia), due to the smoke from the fires that devastated the east of the country, considering that it is a “wise decision ».

The 32-year-old Russian star demanded a break from the referee when she was tied in the second set with German Laura Siegemund (6-7, 5-5), explaining that “the players feel the smoke”

Sharapova, who was playing with a duct tape, used to facilitate breathing, spoke of “extreme” playing conditions, explaining that she was affected by a cough at the end of that second set.

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«The referee has asked us to play one more game. We had already been playing for two hours. From my point of view (leaving) was a wise decision, ”added the five-time Grand Slam winner, who fell to 145th after physical problems.

The Russian has an invitation from the organizers to participate in the Australian Open (January 20 – February 2).

The Russian rival in Kooyong, Siegemund, explained having felt the smoke penetrate “into my body.”

“It is the first time that I play in these conditions and I must confess that I was affected in the second set,” said the 72nd world player, 31 years old. Afp

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