Halep topples Davis in marathon

Halep topples Davis in marathon

Halep topples Davis in marathon

"I'm nearly dead", Halep said in an on-court interview.

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.

"Doesn't matter what is going to happen now", Halep said.

She's listed at 5-foot-2, and that might be generous. She has since had a major slide and is now ranked 112th.

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

On Saturday, Fognini moved into the second week of the Australian Open after a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win over Benneteau advanced him to the fourth round. The standing ovation inside Rod Laver Arena was long and loud.

Djokovic needed four match points in the final game which stretched over eight minutes.

ANGELIQUE KERBER PRODUCED a masterclass to dominate Maria Sharapova 6-1 6-3 and reach the Australian Open fourth round.

The match lasted just under 3 hours and 45 minutes, and Halep's 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 win saved the women's draw from crumbling.

Naomi Osaka clinched her match with an ace, beating local hope Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the fourth round at Melbourne Park.

It was Kerber's 11th win in a row to start the season. She beat fellow German Anna-Lena Friedsam in the first round here.

Marta Kostyuk came from the other angle, the 15-year-old qualifier followed up her first-round win over 25th-seeded Peng Shuai with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over wild-card entry Olivia Rogowska.

Tomas Berdych ended the Australian Open campaign of Juan Martin del Potro, beating the Argentinian 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.

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Thiem counted 21 aces among his 57 winners in the match.

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

He has beaten the Spaniard in all five career meetings, including in straight sets in the fourth round at the French Open past year.

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 previous year.

Davis made a decision to take a different approach coming into this Australian Open.

Second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki won 6-4, 6-3 over Kiki Bertens. And 38-year-old Ivo Karlovic overcame Yuichi Sugita 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 7-5, 4-6, 12-10.

She immediately called for the trainer to treat a dislodged toe nail, with Halep looking more comfortable from the resumption. The American finally closed out the match on her fifth match point.

Keys is the only one of the four American women who reached the semifinals at the US Open in September still in contention in Melbourne.

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.

Davis showed her intent with a barnstorming first set, unleashing her powerful backhand to the delight of the Rod Laver Arena crowd.

In the second set, Sharapova was broken while serving for the match, sending it to the tiebreaker which she dominated.

Sharapova was back at the Australian Open for the first time since 2016, when a failed doping test led to a 15-month ban from tennis. We look at failure as a negative, and, like, say, you miss a shot by an inch and you do everything right.

Fucsovics will next meet 19-time Grand slam victor Roger Federer who beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet in three sets.

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