Australian Open: Simona Halep suffers huge scare against unheralded Lauren Davis

21 January, 2018, 00:41 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
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The 48 games in the Halep-Davis classic is the equal-most for a women's match in Open history, matching Chanda Rubin's 6-4 2-6 16-14 win over Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1996.

"Yeah, I have never played a match like that before where it went so long in the third set". Her top competition is Simona Halep, who narrowly survived a three-set marathon against Lauren Davis on Friday.

For Davis, as discouraging as it might be to have nothing to show for all that hard work, it was a very good tournament.

"I just feel that my muscles are gone", she added. But it was nice to be on court.

Not many players overpower Juan Martin del Potro, but Tomas Berdych did just that to win 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 and reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the 10th time. Halep lost three of the four last games in the fiest set and clinched a crucial break to open the second. "She's an incredible player", Davis said.

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

Davis was a career-high 26th in the world in May a year ago after winning her first WTA tournament in Auckland, before slipping to her current 76.

However, the American was at the centre of a scary incident during the third set of the match on Rod Laver Arena.

Kerber's next match is against Hsieh Su-wei, who followed up her win over Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza with a 6-2, 7-5 win against No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska to return to the fourth round at Melbourne Park for the first time in a decade. In a match of just three break points between two Czech seeds, it was the former world number one who held her nerve on Court 3.

While Davis revealed she lost a toe nail during the epic third set. Davis saved five break points in the 23rd game but she looking increasingly suffering.

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Halep said that instead of getting tight when facing those three match points, her arm actually relaxed a little. "After this match I think tomorrow is gonna be worse, but I just push, push myself, and we will see what's gonna happen".

Today, despite Bogdan played well above her ranking, the 2015 Australian Open semifinal fired off six aces and won 78% of points behind her powerful first serve. "But at 13-all when I took the game, I said it's my lucky number". "I got to the point where I was so exhausted where I just told myself to swing and move, and for the most part it was very effective".

The women's draw has already lost Garbiñe Muguruza, the No. 3 seed and the defending Wimbledon champion; Venus Williams, the No. 5 seed who was the runner-up here past year; and Jelena Ostapenko, the No. 7 seed and the defending French Open champ.

Garcia won their lone previous meeting at 2017 Tokyo [PPO] and looked on her way to a straight-sets victory as she built a 6-3 3-1 lead in the match.

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