Simona Halep

Australian Open: Lauren Davis pushes No. 1 Simona Halep to the brink

Australian Open: Lauren Davis pushes No. 1 Simona Halep to the brink

Top-ranked Simona Halep saved three match points and finally finished off a 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 victory after a 3-hour, 45-minute marathon against American Lauren Davis to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Halep saved three match points while serving in the 22nd game of the third set at 0-40, and Davis saved five break points in the next game to keep the contest alive.

The third set took 2 hours and 22 minutes and, after wasting three previous chances to serve out the match, Halep converted on her first match point when Davis hit a forehand wide.

The No. 76-ranked Davis had two medical time outs in the third set for blisters on both feet.

“Definitely was a...

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