Ranked Halep fends off Davis in marathon match

Ranked Halep fends off Davis in marathon match

Ranked Halep fends off Davis in marathon match

Halep and Davis slugged out a marathon encounter lasting three hours and 45 minutes, with the Romanian triumphing 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 on Rod Laver Arena to equal the Open's record for most games played in a women's match.

The 17th-seeded Keys, who lost in the U.S. Open final previous year to Sloane Stephens, saved three break points serving for the match, finally clinching it on her first match point.

Halep failed to serve it out three times - at 5-4, 6-5 and 8-7 - before breaking the 24-year-old Davis in the 27th game of the 140-minute final set and holding for the remarkable victory. But still she fought on, breaking the Halep serve THREE times as the Romanian served for the match at 5-4, 6-5 and 8-7. So long. I never played a third set so long.

She will play American 17th seed and 2017 US Open runner-up Madison Keys who progressed with a 6-3 6-4 win over Romania's Ana Bogdan. "It's not recovered", Halep said of the ankle. My ankle - I can't feel it any more. After a scintillating 225-minutes of play, world number one Simona Halep sneaked past the unsafe Lauren Davis in the third round of the 2018 Australian Open. Halep wasted chances to serve for the match in the ninth, 11th and 15th games, then had to save three match points in the 22nd. For a single, sublime day she was nearly as good as the best player in the world.

Davis, like many players, can be over-critical of herself and took us on a brief journey into the tennis player's brain: "We look at failure as a negative, and say you miss a shot by an inch and you do everything right". She had carried in a left ankle injury sustained in her opening round against wildcard Destanee Aiava, and dosed up on anti-inflammatories and pain-killers before she was even able to start.


Davis required a medical timeout at 11-all after telling the chair umpire her toenail had fallen off.

'I'm very exhausted, ' Davis said.

Halep will play the victor of the match between 18th-seeded Ashleigh Barty of Australia and Naomi Osaka of Japan in the fourth round. Nonetheless, it was a match full of positives for her, "There's a lot that I think I can work on going home, but I think after this I'm just gonna really focus on all that I did well and just how well I handled myself at this tournament and just how well I played, for sure".

The younger Canadian fared well in her Melbourne Park opener before falling to the top seed.

"I left all I had out there", said Lauren Davis, whose father, a cardiologist, probably knows his child has a strong heart. Chung beat fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev 5-7, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 six days after a win over No. 32 Mischa Zverev. The former world No 1 had to drop out of the year's first Slam to go for a hip surgery.

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