Sally stoked to limp into quarters

Fin gash could take toll 0:43

Surfing: Days after victory at Margaret River, Sally Fitzgibbons is in major doubt for the rest of the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, with the two-time champion picked up a foot gash in the dying stages of her third-round heat.

Sally Fitzgibbons has bounced back from her foot injury to make the Bells quarters.

AMANDA LULHAMThe Daily Telegraph

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.

Sally Fitzgibbons has bounced back from her foot injury to make the Bells quarters.

Sally Fitzgibbons has bounced back from her foot injury to make the Bells quarters.Source:Supplied

“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.”

Sally Fitzgibbons carving up in her first round win. Picture: AAP

Sally Fitzgibbons carving up in her first round win. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

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

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