Elina Svitolina withdraws from the Australian Open in tears after only three games.

Elina Svitolina retired in tears at the Australian Open after just three games against Linda Noskova. 

Noskova's victory over the 19th seed advances her to a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time.

Noskova was leading 18th-ranked Svitolina 3-0 when she was forced to quit due to a back issue.

The first game lasted 11 minutes and resulted in 20 points.At 2-0, Svitolina requested a timeout and received treatment on her back.

When she resumed, her serve speed had significantly slowed, and her movement was affected. 

 Noskova broke Svitolina's serve for the second straight, and the Ukrainian called the game off.

The 29-year-old, in tears and extremely distraught, shook her opponent's hand and hugged her. 

Noskova had defeated Iga Swiatek to reach this stage, and Svitolina was expected to be a difficult task considering her recent form.

"Obviously today was not the way I had planned to win," Noskova said in a statement. 

Noskova broke serve and held for a 2-0 lead before Svitolina took a timeout to take treatment for her lower back.

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