World number 1 Ashleigh Barty said she had no injury despite playing with a bandaged leg at the Australian Open

Barty has been in dazzling shape since she returned to tennis after a year of fear of coronavirus fears

She continued that form by beating compatriot Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 7-6 in the second round of the Australian Open, but it was the heavy strap on her leg that made the headlines

“It’s just a little bit of support,” Ashleigh Barty told the press. “I’ve played a lot of games in the last 10 days after not playing for 12 months. It’s more of a help than anything

“It was early Tuesday and warmed up for the [first] game. But of course it doesn’t affect how I can play in any way

“It’s just about adding support to the leg to make sure it doesn’t get to a point where it affects me””

Despite claims that the injury didn’t hinder her, Barty suffered a noticeable drop in the second set and ended up winning a tiebreaker despite having a 5-2 lead

“I just got lost a bit,” she explained. “But in the end I was happy that I could make it again in the tie-break when I had to win some big points”

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World News – AU – Ashleigh Barty dismisses injury concerns, says concern for legs “doesn’t affect my style of play” – Tennishead