Ashleigh Barty says the leg injury that required heavy bandaging at the Australian Open is ‘not affecting’ her game.
The world number one came out for her second round match against Daria Gavrilova with a lof of bandaging wrapped around her left leg.
Her game started to struggle in the second set too, as she threw away a 5-2 lead before winning it on a tiebreaker to secure a 6-1, 7-6 win, but she has assured fans her injury is nothing to worry about.
“It’s just a little bit of support. I played a lot of matches in the last 10 days after not playing for 12 months. It’s more of an assistance than anything else.
“It came on early Tuesday, warming up for the [round-one] match. But, obviously it’s not affecting the way that I can play in any way.
“It’s just more giving the leg some assistance to make sure it doesn’t get to a point where it’s going to affect me.”
Despite claiming the injury was not hampering her, Barty suffered a noticeable drop in the second set, eventually requiring a tiebreaker to win it even though she commanded a 5-2 lead.
On her drop in quality in the second set, she explained: “I just lost my way a little bit. It was turning into a bit of a prickly pear, really.
“I was doing the right things to get to 5-2 to give myself a chance to serve out the match. Just lost my way a little bit.”
“But in the end [I was] happy to be able to bring it back around in the tiebreak when I needed to and win some big points.”
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