WATCH: Scary Australian Open moment as Victoria Azarenka struggles to breathe on court

There were worrying scenes at the Australian Open as former champion Victoria Azarenka required a medical time-out whilst struggling to breathe.

The Belarusian led 5-2 and had a set point early on against Jessica Pegula, but she started struggling physically before eventually losing 5-7, 4-6.

The biggest scare came in the second set when she looked very unwell and stopped play, prompting the chair umpire to call the doctor onto the court immediately.

Afterwards, Azarenka said the press should not be asking questions about players’ medical conditions, and urged the tennis authorities to change the rules to prevent it.

“It shouldn’t be a mandatory requirement for people to talk about their health issues,” Azarenka said.

“Even legally doctors should not release any information. I feel like that should put a bit of a light on a new and adjusted rule that should be in place.

“I don’t really know why we’re getting asked about some of, like, medical conditions from players because all this is going out on the Internet after for people to talk about, to judge about.”

“I truly don’t ever understand that rule of why, when somebody is sick, injured, or whatever, they have to give their medical reason out in the world. I think that should be changed, unless players do want to talk about that, then they can.”

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