Australian Open: Halep edges Davis in a marathon to reach pre-quarterfinals

For Halep, it was the first career "overtime" match in Grand Slam play.

The questions about world No. 1 Simona Halep's injured ankle will have to be answered another day. "But.it was nice to win this match".

Wozniacki won the next nine points, and 24 of the 31 points played from when she first faced match point.

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.

Kerber is on a 12-match winning streak after winning four matches at the Hopman Cup and five while winning the Sydney International.

"Of course is quite a big match". "And then she took the medical [timeout]".

"But I think after this I'm just going to really focus on all that I did well and just how well I handled myself at this tournament and just how well I played". I was like, 'This is my last chance.

In contrast, US Open finalist Madison Keys was in fine touch as she benefits from the guidance of former great Lindsay Davenport. "Anybody who knows me knows I never give up".

Sharapova said Kerber was the more aggressive on court and took more risks.

When Halep broke Davis early in the decider, it seemed likely she would ease to victory, but the American would not go away. "Today was not enough (but). looking at the overall picture, there's a lot to build from". There is no doubt that all eyes will be on the Kerber-Sharapova match this weekend.

Because after a three-hour, 45-minute victory over American Lauren Davis in the third round of the Australian Open Saturday, she said she couldn't even feel it.

The third set took 2:22 and momentum swung.

The 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 win, during which she saved three match points when down love-40, at 10-11 in the third, was a monumental step forward in the shoring up of perhaps her weakest asset - her competitive confidence.

Simona Halep says she was "almost dead" after her grueling 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 third-round win over Lauren Davis that equaled the longest match at the Australian Open in terms of games played.

"I'm nearly dead", Halep, a 26-year-old Romanian, said after her victory. "I think my second toes are just a bit infected", she said. "I was just jamming it a lot with how much I was moving around the court".

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.

Keys advanced 6-3, 6-4 over Ana Bogdan and will next play No. 8 Caroline Garcia. 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.

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. It was not easy, but I just kept playing.

It was a good match for both players, and it must have been particularly heartbreaking for the American especially after owning three match points and her broken toenail hindered her. The 17th-seeded Kyrgios won the last five points after falling behind 5-2 in the tiebreaker.

"Expectations are different", this year, Federer said.

"It definitely was a very tough match".

Tomas Berdych has ended the Australian Open campaign of Juan Martin del Potro, beating the Argentinian 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 in a third-round match.

No. 23 Gilles Muller outlasted Malek Jaziri in five sets, Kyle Edmund had a straight-sets win over Denis Istomin - who beat then defending-champion Novak Djokovic in the second round here a year ago - and No. 28 Damir Dzumhur beat John Millman.

The women's draw has already lost Garbiñe Muguruza, the No. 3 seed and the defending Wimbledon champion; Venus Williams, the No. 5 seed who was the runner-up here a year ago; and Jelena Ostapenko, the No. 7 seed and the defending French Open champ.

  • Rogelio Becker