Australian Open: Top Seed Simona Halep Survives a Marathon Match

With AP Photos.Top-ranked Simona Halep saved three match points and finally finished off a 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 victory after a 3-hour, 45-minute marathon against American Lauren Davis to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.

The final set took 2 hour, 22 minutes and Halep won on her first match point when Davis hit a forehand wide along the sideline.

It was the joint-most games played in a women's singles match at the Australian Open - tying the record set by Chanda Rubin and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1996. Bearing with the pain from her ankle, Halep continued to battle past the tough resilience of Davis and finally leveled the match with an incredible defensive backhand which surprised her opponent. "My ankle is, I don't know how it is because I don't feel it anymore, but it was nice to be on court".

"But I think after this I'm just going to really focus on all that I did well and just how well I handled myself at this tournament and just how well I played".

Praise for the speedy Davis " I gave everything I had today, and actually, I'm really proud that I could stay there and win it.

She served five aces in six attempts to open the match - four in the first game and another on the second point of her next service game.

French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko struggled at times before beating Duan Yingying 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

South Korean Chung Hyeon does not appear especially intimidating behind his Zen-like demeanour and white-framed spectacles but as German wunderkind Alex Zverev will testify, the 21-year-old should come with a health warning.

The stats delivered 52 winners and 73 unforced errors for Davis, and 27 winners and 39 unforced errors for Halep.

Fans cheered for the gutsy Davis as she left the court after the marathon encounter in which she nearly landed a first career journey to a Grand Slam fourth round.

Lauren Davis falls during the match against Simona Halep
Lauren Davis falls during the match against Simona Halep

"I obviously have to be more humble this time with my expectations because I haven't played for six months", said the 14th-seeded Djokovic, who played down the medical time out he took to receive a massage on his back and upper legs as just the tribulations of returning to the tour.

Keys converted her first match point to put the Romanian away after one hour and 13 minutes.

Halep will play the victor of Barty's clash with Naomi Osaka, to be played later on Saturday on Rod Laver Arena.

Keys missed last year's Australian Open after undergoing surgery to fix her injured left wrist.

Lauren Davis played a part in Australian Open history Saturday and the unheralded American is determined to build on her performance, despite bowing out in memorable fashion at Melbourne Park.

The former No. 1-ranked Wozniacki will next play No. 30 Kiki Bertens, who beat Nicole Gibbs 7-6 (3), 6-0.

He will next play No. 24 Diego Schwartzman, who beat Aleksandr Dolgopolov 6-7 (1), 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.

Halep said the ankle, sprained in her first-round match, was painful. We look at failure as a negative, and, like, say, you miss a shot by an inch and you do everything right.

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