The world no.180 was forced to retire mid-match at Melbourne Park on Tuesday due to the hazardous smoke lingering from bushfires in Victoria's east.
The Solvenian 28-year-old was one set up and one point away from forcing a tiebreaker in the second set of her qualifier against Stefanie Voegele when she fell to her knees in a coughing fit while experiencing breathing difficulties.
Australian Open officials had previously halted practice sessions and qualifying matchups due to the air quality in Melbourne, which has been hovering between "hazardous" and "very unhealthy" levels ever since the blanket of smoke settled across the city last night.
Brett Sutton, the state's chief health officer, said he believed air quality in Melbourne, Australia's second-biggest city, had dropped to the "worst in the world" overnight as cooler temperatures brought particles in the air close to the ground.
Australian Open men's champion Novak Djokovic expressed concern earlier this month that bushfire smoke might cause some health problems for players.
Elsewhere in Melbourne, Maria Sharapova took to the court as scheduled against Germany's Laura Siegemund at the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament.
"Conditions onsite are improving and are being constantly monitored", a Tennis Australia statement read.
She is set to be followed by Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov facing Croat Borna Coric.
"The health and safety of the players, spectators and all in involved in the Kooyong Classic event is paramount", tournament director Peter Johnston said.
Former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard also survived a gruelling battle in Melbourne's smoke to scrape through the first round of Australian Open qualifying.
"Shocked to see that qualifying matches have started", Luxembourg's Mandy Minella, who is competing as a qualifier, tweeted.
"It's unfortunate he missed that announcement for a variety of reasons", he said, adding that all decisions were made on expert advice.
"For those vulnerable groups - over 65s, under 15s, pregnant women and people with existing lung/heart disease or diabetes - we are saying avoid exposure to the smoke by staying indoors and limiting physical activity", he said.
"Assessing the likelihood of smoke-induced interruptions is a bit like how we treat heat and rain".
Sports stars, including leading tennis players, have been quick to respond to the crisis, pledging money to relief efforts.