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.”