Simona Halep overcame the powerful Australian teenager Destanee Aiava 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 in the first round of this year’s Australian Open on Tuesday.
In the process of her victory Simona suffered a nasty looking ankle injury on court during the second set. She was taped up and managed to complete the match.
Victory means that Simona is set to face Eugenie Bouchard in the second round, provided her ankle injury does not force her to pull out of the tournament.
Speaking at her post-match press conference after her victory, Simona said:
“I don’t know now. I felt a big pain on court, but I didn’t have time to go to check it. I just had a shower, I had stretching, and I came here.
“I just want to wait for tomorrow to see how I wake up. From my experience, I feel that is nothing broken, but still the pain was big. I have to see with the doctors.
“I had before last year, about five, this ankle during the years. So my ankles are not good. That’s why I tape all the time.”
One reporter asked her whether she may be forced to withdraw from the tournament, to which she said:
“I’m not thinking about that.
“I’m used to the ankle, with the switch ankles, so I don’t believe that I will stop.
“But, you know, first the priority is always the health. So I will see. In my opinion, I will be able to play.”
Simona is not in action on Wednesday, which will hopefully be sufficient time to fully mend before facing the 2014 Wimbledon runner-up in the next round.