Dizziness forces Chakvetadze out of tennis tournament

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2011, 23:47 PM IST

Stuttgart: Russia`s Anna Chakvetadze was forced to retire from her third straight WTA tournament on Tuesday when she collapsed during her first round match in Stuttgart due to a mystery illness.

The 24-year-old qualifier, ranked 50th in the world, was in the third set of her match against Slovakia`s Zuzana Kucova when she dropped to the clay-court floor during a break in the third set of her first round match.

She needed medical attention before retiring from the match with the score at 1-6, 7-5, 4-4 to Kucova.

The 24-year-old also had to retire for a similar reason in February`s tournament in Dubai and again at Indian Wells last month as doctors struggle to identify the problem.

"I started the match feeling fine, but I knew the dizziness was coming and started to feel worse in the second set," said the Russian.

"It was the same feeling as the two times before.”

"I have seen a doctor and I don`t really have anything more to update with at the moment."

The Russian said she had sought medical advice on whether to play in Stuttgart and her future plans remain unclear as she looks for the cause of the problem.

"I saw a doctor before the tournament and they told me everything would be ok, which is why I decided to play here," she said.

"But now it`s the third tournament in a row I have had to retire with this dizziness problem.”

"It seems the doctors don`t have all the answers yet, so I have to rest.”

"Hopefully we will find a solution."

Bureau Report