World number one Simona Halep survived an epic battle with unseeded American Lauren Davis to reach the Australian Open fourth round. Added Halep of the three match points she faced: "You just go there and hit like without thinking".
"Definitely it was a very tough match", said Halep afterwards. So long. I never played a third set so long, " she was quoted as saying by the tournament website.
Halep, still nursing the ankle she injured her ankle in her first-round win, said: "I'm nearly dead".
"Lindsay is awesome. We've had three years together and she has taught me how to handle big moments like this", said Keys, who made the Australian Open semis in 2015. "My ankle is, I don't know how it is because I don't feel it anymore". And that one fourth-round finish was her best thus far in the 27 main-draw Majors she has played in 16 years. I think there is quite a few positives to take away from and to learn from, so things are looking up. At 5-foot-6, Halep is among the shorter players on tour, but Davis is listed at 5-2.
On Margaret Court, it was No17 seed and US Open runner-up, Madison Keys against 25-year-old Ana Bogdan, ranked 104. Halep lost three of the four last games in the fiest set and clinched a crucial break to open the second. Serving to stay in the first set at 4-5, Halep failed to fend off the inspired play of Davis, particularly on her backhand side, and ultimately conceded the set 4-6 after just 40 minutes of play.
A much-hyped match between two former Australian champions was no contest: 2016 victor Angelique Kerber beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena to open the night program. "Especially when the score is like that and three-and-a-half hours into the match". "But the doctor said that I was lucky".
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.
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"Throughout my career I have always struggled with being so critical and being hard on myself".
She will next test herself against French eighth seed Garcia, who was too strong for Belarussian Alaksandra Sasnovich, winning in three sets. No matter what happens, I'll try my best.
Sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova had 11 aces and beat No. 29 Lucie Safarova 7-6 (6), 7-5 in a match featuring just one service break.
Despite seeing an early break lead retrieved by her Russian opponent Kerber recovered to secure a second break of serve in the set before closing out the match in assured fashion to reach the last 16 where she will meet either Hsieh Su-Wei or Agnieszka Radwanska.
Top seed Simona Halep marched into the third round of the Australian Open with a straight-sets victory over Eugenie Bouchard.