Atlanta, Jan. 15 -- : After being forced to retire from her Australian Open qualifying match, Slovenia's Dalila Jakupovic slammed the organisers of the tournament, saying the tennis players expected them to take better care.

Jakupovic had collapsed with a coughing fit caused by the bushfire smoke and was forced to retire midway into her game.

She was leading 6-4, 5-6 against Switzerland's Stefanie Vogele but she had to retire after being unable to continue further.

"We are a bit disappointed because we thought they would take better care of us. Also, my opponent after the match said she also had trouble. Not as bad as me, but she said she could not breathe normally because of the air," CNN quoted Jakupovic as saying.

"It is not the way ...