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21 January 2018, 01:24 | Stacy Ballard
Simona Halep made it through to the fourth round after beating American Lauren Davis
Suffering a huge scare against the American, she had to save three match points before converting one of her own to set up a blockbuster meeting with Naomi Osaka in the fourth round, prevailing with an incredible 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 scoreline.
But it held up for three hours and 45 minutes and 48 games - the most games ever in a women's match at the Australian Open. Added Halep of the three match points she faced: "You just go there and hit like without thinking".
"I'm very exhausted. But there is a lot to take away from that match", the unseeded 24-year-old told reporters after being forced to answer questions about Cleveland and Cavaliers star LeBron James following the gruelling encounter.
"I never played a third set so long".
Halep said that she now had nothing to lose for the rest of the tournament because "honestly, I thought it's over at that moment (three match points down)". My ankle... I can't feel it any more. After a scintillating 225-minutes of play, world number one Simona Halep sneaked past the risky Lauren Davis in the third round of the 2018 Australian Open.
But when the two squared off in the second set, the tournament's top seed regained her composure and began to take control of the tussle. But when it comes to his kids, the 36-year-old dad doesn't want them to play one-handed backhands.
No. 20 Barbora Strycova beat U.S. qualifier Bernarda Pera 6-2, 6-2, leaving U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys as the only American woman to reach the fourth round.
Davis, 24, broke Halep's serve six times.
Davis had a toenail problem surface during the third set, which she received treatment on twice.
Halep, a former quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park who slumped out in the first round past year, will next play Australian Ashleigh Barty or Japan's Naomi Osaka in her quest for a maiden Grand Slam title.
Keys converted her first match point to put the Romanian away after one hour and 13 minutes. "It was nice to win this match". "We were both fighting our hearts out, and, I mean, every point was just super long", Davis said.
Halep's gained some revenge from the last - and only - time the pair met in a Grand Slam tournament.
"She played great", an exhausted Halep told Xinhua. "I am always happy if I'm not the drama", Keys said. No matter what happens, I'll try my best.
It equaled the longest women's singles match at the Australian Open in terms of games played.
Wozniacki was 5-1 down and facing two match points in third set against No. 119-ranked Jana Fett before deciding she had no choice but to attack.
Top seeded Simona Halep remains alive at the 2018 Australian Open.
Angelique Kerber prevailed against Maria Sharapova in the battle between the only two grand slam winners left in the draw, while Karolina Pliskova and Carolina Garcia also made it to the fourth round after respective wins over Lucie Safarova and Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
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