Aryna Sabalenka was hit by an adductor muscle injury as she won the first set of the Stuttgart final, eventually taking a 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 loss to Ash Barty.

The Belarus fifth seed revealed her details of her injury drama after Barty claimed her third title of the season.

“Something happened to my adductor and I couldn’t move, I just called the physio,” the WTA No. 7 said.

“I was hoping that it’s going to help but it didn’t… I gave it all today, fighting for every point even with this pain I had.

“I just gave her the opportunity and she took it. That’s it.”

Sabalenka took a medical timeout before the start of the third set which only delayed the Barty victory.

“I started feeling it in the first set when I was up 4-3 and then it was getting worse and worse with every game,” the Belarus player said. 

“I’m just really happy that even through this pain I was fighting and I was doing everything I could.”

Sabalenka is hoping to be ready to play when the Madrid Masters begins next weekend.

“I’ll do everything to help recovery, we’ll see. If I see that I cannot play then I will retire from Madrid.

“But hopefully everything will be fine.”


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