Brave Halep wins marathon to reach fourth round

Realistically, no one expected drama in this match, and certainly not to this extent.

Angelique Kerber is on her own in an elite club at the Australian Open.

Halep is playing in her first major tournament as the No. 1 player in the world rankings and is seeking her first Grand Slam title.

Halep has never won a Grand Slam title, and with Serena Williams not participating (and Venus Williams losing in the first round), Halep has a huge opportunity.

Kerber's next match is against Hsieh Su-wei, who followed up her win over Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza with a 6-2, 7-5 win against No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska to return to the fourth round at Melbourne Park for the first time in a decade.

The 20-year-old Keys, the highest-seeded American remaining in the women's draw, did not drop a single service game against the 102-ranked Bogdan in the 6-3, 6-4 victory.

"It was the only match that I have played like this, it was very tough and I gave everything I had". "She's always unsafe, especially at the Grand Slams", Kerber said.

Not many players overpower Juan Martin del Potro, but Tomas Berdych did just that to win 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 and reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the 10th time. "She's a confident player at the moment".

Quizzed on what she wanted to think about, Halep told reporters: "Some sleep, some chocolate, and actually hot chocolate I will have after". "Looking at the overall picture - the beginning of this year - there's a lot to build from".

Davis failed to keep up her momentum after grabbing the first set, as her baseline game crumbled at the sight of the finishing line.

The Romanian saved three match points at 11-10 in deciding set of the classic, overcoming Davis after the unseeded American lost a toenail in the marathon third set.

"I've never played a third set so long. I'm nearly dead", the Romanian said after finally edging across the finish line.

Remarkably, Halep entered the contest with an ankle problem, sustained in her first-round match, and she admitted she couldn't "feel it any more" after limping through one of the matches of the tournament. I was just jamming them a lot with how much I was moving around the court.

But it was an hour short of the 2011 Australian Open record set as Francesca Schiavone of Italy beat Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 in 4hr 44min. "And then I was really excited to start the new season". In last year's French Open final against Jelena Ostapenko, Halep was up a set and 3-0 and still went on to lose. The 17th-seeded Kyrgios won the last five points after falling behind 5-2 in the tiebreaker.

Hardly. In two days, the world No. 1 will be back on court.

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. He now faces unheralded American Tennys Sandgren, who beat German Maxmilian Marterer 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).

"Definitely not physical, so".

"Doesn't matter what is going to happen now", Halep said.

  • Joey Payne