Kuznetsova fears for Melbourne bid
Sydney Day 3 Round-Up
A respiratory problem has left Svetlana Kuznetsova's participation at the Australian Open in doubt.
The powerful Russian had lost the first set of her second round match at the Sydney International with Slovakia's Katarina Srebotnik 6-2 when she called it quits.
She picked up an infection playing in Hong Kong at the weekend which has left her with a croaky throat and struggling to breathe.
"It's really bad," the world number four told a news conference. "I cannot do everything well.
"I just need to stop in the middle of the round to breathe, and my nose closes and I hear everything 'ding dinging' in my ears.
"The blood is going up and I can't really focus with everything else."
Kuznetsova, US Open champion in 2004 and runner-up at the French Open last year, said she had considered pulling out of the match before it started but wanted to see how far she could push her body with the opening Grand Slam less than a week away.
"My concern was if I can go on the court today or whether I should pull out before the match," she said.
"I did my best but I wasn't able to push my body to the max.
"I did not play for three days and I felt more or less good, but I just found it so difficult when you cannot breathe."
Kuznetsova said she opted against taking antibiotics to clear the infections and was hoping rest would provide a quicker cure to ensure she makes it to the Open.
"I definitely will play the Australian Open but if I feel a bit like this I will push myself and maybe I will have to retire again," she said.
"I am really motivated to play. If I am the same way as I am today, I won't. But if I get better, I think I should."