Ashleigh Barty overcomes injury scare to reach Australian Open last 16



Ashleigh Barty has survived an injury scare and a spirited challenge from Maria Sakkari to scrap her way into the Australian Open fourth round for the first time.

Her movement was restricted to some degree but she later said she only needed some "reassurance and support" and it was not enough to prevent her from advancing to the last 16 at Melbourne Park for the first time in her blossoming career.

Barty took a medical time-out after the first set, seemingly struggling with a hip flexor or abdominal issue, but from that point on she powered through the match.

"It's an wonderful sound in here when the roof is's absolutely phenomenal, to hear all the Aussies out here it's unbelievable", Barty said after qualifying for the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time.

Following the match the 22-year-old admitted the indoor conditions had her stumped, but says she was spurred on by the level of noise inside the raucous indoor stadium.

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Barty's serve was excellent, as she sent down 13 aces and did not give up a double fault, although the statistic of 20 unforced errors will need to be looked at ahead of her fourth-round match.

Barty moves on to play either Maria Sharapova or defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, who were set to play their third-round match later Friday at Rod Laver Arena.

When she broke again in the sixth game, all she had to do was hold serve to close out the victory.

"It came out alright in that second set so no stress at all".

"Ice bath, physio, coffee, then cricket", she said.

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