Battler Davis to use Halep epic as building block

Battler Davis to use Halep epic as building block

The match lasted 3 hours, 45 minutes before Halep finally took advantage of her first match point at 14-13, 40-30 when Davis sailed a forehand wide.

Halep and Davis served up the best match of the Aussie Open so far.

Halep served for the match at 5-4, 6-5 and 8-7 but was pegged back each time by the American, who showed enormous belief, despite her inferior ranking, in cooler conditions at Melbourne Park after Friday's extreme heat.

"Definitely it was a very tough match", said Halep afterwards.

"I've never played a third set so long".

"I was very happy I could stay and win it".

"I feel that my muscles are gone. After this match I think tomorrow is gonna be worse, but I just push, push myself, and we will see what's gonna happen". "It's the only match that I played like this".

After two comfortable wins the five-time major victor was growing in confidence, but she had no answers for Kerber, who is on a 12-match winning streak in a kind of comeback of her own after a sliding down the rankings past year.

On Margaret Court, it was No17 seed and US Open runner-up, Madison Keys against 25-year-old Ana Bogdan, ranked 104.

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With no tie-break in the deciding final set at the Australian Open, the battle quickly transformed from a tennis match into an all out war of attrition, as the pair fought tirelessly to break serve and outlast each other. She clinched a 75-minute third set on her first match point when Fett netted a backhand.

Kerber's year-end ranking dropped from No. 1 in 2016 to 21 a year ago, when she failed to defend her Australian or U.S. Open titles.

It's, beyond any doubts, a Darren Cahill win as well, who gave the Romanian to stand still and win a match that a couple of seasons ago she would have lost. "But at 13-all when I took the game, I said it's my lucky number".

The two-time grand slam champion, who had just seven unforced errors throughout, was powerful at the baseline and neat with the touch to leave Sharapova - an Australian Open victor exactly 10 years ago - largely chasing shadows.

For Halep, it was the first career "overtime" match in Grand Slam play. Both players missed break point opportunities later on, ensuring that the sole break was crucial for Halep.

"I know that I can always trust my legs, that I can run forever, that I can bring a lot of balls back. So it's a good position for me to be in, and I'm enjoying it". 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 match equaled the longest women's match ever in terms of games at the Australian Open with 48.

The Swiss star beat the Frenchman 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 in just under two hours in a night match on Rod Laver Arena.

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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