Halep faces nervous wait over ankle injury

Halep faces nervous wait over ankle injury

Simona Halep is facing an anxious wait after suffering an apparent ankle injury in her Australian Open first-round win over Destanee Aiava. The world number one fell awkwardly at the start of the second set and required a medical timeout, later revealing to have felt significant discomfort.

She is scheduled to face Eugenie Bouchard on Thursday but admitted to some uncertainty over her fitness as she prepares for a doctor's assessment.  "I don't know now," the Romanian told a post-match media conference when asked how her left ankle felt.

"I felt a big pain on the court, but I didn't have time to go to check it. I just had a shower, I had stretched, and I came here. I just want to wait for tomorrow [Wednesday] 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 [injuries on] this ankle during the years. So, my ankles are not good. That's why I tape all the time. But I don't know what happened because I had the tape on. I want to see [on] the TV how it was because I don't even remember."

When questioned over the possibility that she may not be able to take to the court for the second round, she replied: "I'm not thinking about that. I'm used to the ankle ... so I don't believe that I will stop. But first, the priority is always the health. I will see. In my opinion, I will be able to play."