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Distressing pic of Simona Halep in hospital on drip as she suffers from 'severe dehydration' after Aussie Open defeat; After a captivating tussle played out in stifling humidity at a floodlit Rod Laver Arena, Halep was pictured recovering.

Byline: Darren Wells

This picture of Australian Open finalist Simona Halep lying helpless in a hospital bed lays bare what tennis players put their body's through.

After a captivating tussle played out in stifling humidity at a floodlit Rod Laver Arena, Caroline Wozniacki held firm to shake off a tenacious challenge from Halep - edging a classic Australian Open final 7-6(2) 3-6 6-4.

But the Romania was admitted to hospital with 'severe dehydration' after her loss, staying overnight before being released the next morning.

The picture - released by ESPN - show Halep on a drip with her eyes closed as she recovered from the two hour, 50 minute match.

Halep, who spent almost 12 hours on court through her first six rounds in stifling heat - before the epic final.

Roger Federer wins sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam with thrilling victory over Marin CilicStraight after the match Halep said: "It's not easy to talk now but first of all I want to congratulate Caroline, she played amazing.

"It's been a great tournament to me. Of course I'm sad I couldn't win today but Caroline was better than me."

The result ensured Wozniacki swiped Halep's world number one ranking, six years after losing it at the 2012 Australian Open.

Both players battled leg complaints in the taxing two hour and 49 minute tussle, but Wozniacki found the grit to make the breakthrough in her third grand slam final.

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Australian Open officials will review policy after a heatwave during the tournament had stars playing in temperatures of 40.2C.

Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfis both complained about conditions - with the latter claiming he suffered heatstroke.

Tournament director Craig Tiley said: "We start the event with this set of rules and policies in place and, in the interest of fairness, can't change them halfway through.

"At the end of every Australian Open we always review our policies and procedures and consult with all stakeholders."

It comes after Hyeon Chung showed off the huge blister he suffering from in theAustralian Open.

The world number 58 was aiming for his first appearance in a Grand Slam final in Melbourne.

But he was forced to retire in the second set of his semi-final of the tournament againstRoger Federer.

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The 21-year-old was losing 6-1, 5-2 to the Swiss star, but had to pull out of his match due to a mammoth blister on his right foot.

Chung took to Instagram after the match to share pictures of his gruesome injury.

He said in the post, "Tonight, I tried very hard to bring my utmost energy to the tennis court as usual.

"However, I had to make a tough decision given that I cannot compete 100% against Roger, in front of many tennis fans. Please understand.

Chung blister

"I wish all the best luck for @rogerfederer in the finals."

Chung had had an impressive tournament up to that point, having eliminatedNovak Djokovicand number four seed Alexander Zverev on the route to the final four.

But despite heavy strapping on his foot, he couldn't stop 36-year-old Federer from reaching his 30th Grand Slam final - where he went on to beat Marin Cilic.

Following the match Federer said: "I thought the first set was kind of normal, in the second set I felt he was getting a bit slower.

"I know he has had problems with blisters for a while. I've played with them and they hurt a lot. It's better to stop.

"It's bittersweet. I'm happy to be in the final, but not like this. He's had a remarkable tournament.

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Simona Halep in hospital after the defeat in the Australian Open final

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Romania's Simona Halep during a break in her match against Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki

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Simona Halep of Romania reacts to heat during her women's singles final match against Caroline Wozniacki

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Romania's Simona Halep receives medical attention during her women's singles final match

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Caroline Wozniacki holds up the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy

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Simona Halep dries herself after losing her match against Caroline Wozniacki

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South Korea's Chung Hyeon receives medical attention against Switzerland's Roger Federer

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Chung was struggling to move freely round the court

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Chung Hyeon waves to the crowd after retiring against Roger Federer

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Roger Federer shakes hands with Hyeon Chung after their match
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Title Annotation:Sport,Tennis
Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jan 28, 2018
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