A THRILLED Sally Fitzgibbons has overcome a slashed foot to surf her way into the quarter-finals of the Rip Curl Pro and keep alive her bid for a third crown.
The Gerroa surfer overcame foot pain and a bootie protecting her foot to take down dangerous Hawaiian Tatiana Weston-Webb in a late round four battle on Saturday.
“That was so good. It’s such a thrill,” Fitzgibbons told The Sunday Telegraph.
“There is a little pain but I got a couple of warm-up waves to test the bootie out and it’s all good.
“I just have to do everything I can to make sure it OK for the next heat.”
Fitzgibbons, whose fin hit the top of her foot and left a deep gash which required stitching, will now take on American Lakey Peterson in the quarters.
Fitzgibbons and Stephanie Gilmore are currently equal leaders on the world tour — a deadlock that will be broken at Bells Beach.
Gilmore late Saturday survived a torrid test against Brazilian Silvana Lima to also advance into the quarters.
Originally published as Sally stoked to limp into quarters
SOURCE: newsnow sport