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Australian Open: Simona Halep suffers huge scare against unheralded Lauren Davis

Australian Open: Simona Halep suffers huge scare against unheralded Lauren Davis

With a forecast high of 39 Celsius (102 Fahrenheit), Sharapova appeared to be in a hurry to get off the Rod Laver Arena court, winning the first set in 23 minutes.

Sharapova advanced while seeded players fell in upsets in the first two rounds and was growing in confidence but 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 a year ago.

Halep earlier looked out for the count against 76th-ranked American Lauren Davis.

The 20-year-old Zverev has five titles on the elite tour but his fourth-round exit at Wimbledon last year remains his best run at a major.

Simona Halep was forced to save three match points as she survived a major scare against the USA's Lauren Davis in a match that lasted just short of four hours on Rod Laver Arena.

The third set took 2:22 and momentum swung. "She stayed there mentally strong, so many, many congrats to her".

Davis was broken in the third game, throwing in an unfortunate double-fault on break point.

Following initial questions regarding the match, Halep was asked about her next opponent - either Ashleigh Barty or Naomi Osaka - and the Romanian star smiled before saying: "You still want me to think about tennis now?"

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Things will get harder for her now, against fellow Ukrainian and No. 4-seeded Elina Svitolina, who had a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Katerina Siniakova. I felt the pain. "But at 13-all when I took the game, I said it's my lucky number". "She's super agile and dynamic around the court", she said. Unexpectedly, the American regained her composure and found her groove once more, grabbing back the break by prevailing in a marathon rally.

And, although the match lasted the best part of two-and-a-half hours and Djokovic's serve occasionally looked vulnerable, the former world No. 1 did more than enough in the end to reach the fourth round. They first played each other in 2005. Up in the first set, the world number 76 seemed to have Halep rattled as she blasted her powerful backhand shot past the Romanian, reports Xinhua news agency.

Both players had emptied the tank by this stage, with Davis needing two medical time-outs for treatment on both of her feet, before Halep secured a break at 13-13 before serving out the match in the next game.

"That's exactly how I play".

"I gave her the confidence by making a lot of errors on the return games", Sharapova said. She had three match balls.

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. The pair's incredible performances were made even more impressive when both players later confessed they were also struggling with injuries.

Roger Federer continued his career-long domination of Richard Gasquet, beating the Frenchman for the 17th time in 19 matches with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 third-round win at Melbourne Park.


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