Exhausted yet? Simona Halep, Lauren Davis need OT and then some

Exhausted yet? Simona Halep, Lauren Davis need OT and then some

The world No. 1 recovered from a set down and survived a stunning 142-minute final set to beat her opponent 4-6 6-4 15-13 in a match that equalled the women's singles Australian Open record for longest match in terms of games played.

The 3-hour, 45-minute match lasted 48 games, tying the battle between American Chanda Rubin and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1996 for the most at the Australian Open in the Open.

Halep failed to serve it out three times - at 5-4, 6-5 and 8-7 - before breaking the 24-year-old Davis in the 27th game of the 140-minute final set and holding for the remarkable victory.

"I'm just trying to change myself to not think that much about the points", said Halep.

"I never played a third set so long".

Roger Federer eased into the second week with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 win over Richard Gasquet, and stayed on course for a 20th Grand Slam title. I'm nearly dead, ' Halep said.

"I just feel that my muscles are gone", she added. "It's the only one match that I played like this", Halep said.

"But it was nice to win this match, to be on this court and to be in the fourth round of this tournament".

In a match dominated by serve, Pliskova fired down 11 aces and offered up only one break point opportunity as she reached the last 16 for the second successive year.

"She played great", an exhausted Halep told Xinhua.

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

All-round England go 2-0 in front
Australia were missing some good players, yes, but the gulf in class seems wider than that on the evidence of the first two games. Not even a second successive hundred from Aaron Finch , the former Yorkshire batsman, was sufficient to deny them at the Gabba.

The hugely anticipated match-up of the only two Australian Open winners and Grand Slam champions left in the women's draw got top billing at the Rod Laver Arena.

Another vicious forehand put a prowling Halep a double-break up at 4-1 and although Bouchard hung in there and broke for a second time in the next game, she was a set down after blasting a bold attempted victor long.

Photo Davis taking a medical timeout in the third set against Halep.

Halep will play Australian 18th seed Ashleigh Barty or Japan's Naomi Osaka in the last 16.

Davis, despite knowing she had already lost the point, still ran up to the ball and swung her racquet at it, missing the oncoming ballboy's face by mere centimetres.

With the temperatures a manageable 26 Celsius (79 Farenheit) at Melbourne Park after two days of oven-like conditions, the Russian was no match for the German, flopping 6-1, 6-3 in a battle of the former champions.

'Left all that I had out there on the court, and I did all that I could do.

French eighth seed Caroline Garcia came through in three sets 6-3 5-7 6-2 against Belarus' Aliaksandra Sasnovich. "But at 13-all when I took the game, I said it's my lucky number".

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

"I look forward to these matches".

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