Tennis isn't the only sport being halted by bushfire smoke, Australia's elite rowers who are training for the Olympics have fled to Tasmania to escape poor air quality in Penrith and Canberra.
Slovenian hopeful Dalila Jakupovic had her Open aspirations dashed after she succumbed to breathing issues in the second set of her matchup against Switzerland's Stefanie Vögele.
It advises staying indoors, if possible, closing windows and doors, visiting air-conditioned public spaces such as libraries and shopping centres, following asthma and other respiratory-health plans, and speaking to a doctor or nurse if you experience difficulty breathing or a tightness in your chest.
"I had been inside from 10 o'clock for three hours and, because they had made a decision to go ahead, I thought it would have cleared up a lot". "That's why I went onto the floor because I couldn't walk anymore".
"Conditions onsite are improving and are being constantly monitored", the tournament said in a statement.
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The City of Melbourne issued warnings to its citizens and their pets to stay inside wherever possible. Close your windows and doors to keep smoke and dust out of your home", they said in a statement.
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Mirza and Kichenok will now face Vania King and Christina McHale of United States for a place in the semi-finals. It was a testing opener that went to the match tiebreak after both pairs had one set each.
Play eventually got underway at 11am - an hour later than planned - after the city's air was the worst quality in the world overnight because of the bushfires in the state's east.
The umpire in Sharapova's clash with German Laura Siegemund at the Kooyong Classic determined the conditions were too risky to continue.
"I was surprised. I thought we would not be playing today but we really don't have much choice", she said.
The EPA's air quality controller Jason Choi told state radio the smoke would likely linger until Wednesday when afternoon showers were forecast.
Later on Tuesday qualifying was delayed because of the poor air quality.
"We will stop if conditions become unsafe based on medical advice", he said.