Australian Open: women's singles action heading into the second weekend

Davis is ranked 76th in the world but did brilliantly to take the first set against Halep

Davis is ranked 76th in the world but did brilliantly to take the first set against Halep

Simona Halep saved three match points in the titanic, 142-minute final set of an incredible clash with world No 76 Lauren Davis before winning 4-6 6-4 15-13.

After 10 consecutive holds, it was Halep who finally made the breakthrough, and this time, after three-hours, 45-minutes of play, she closed out the thrilling victory after Davis sent a forehand just wide.

But Davis needed two medical timeouts in the 2-hour and 22-minute final set to tend to blisters on her feet.

"Definitely it was a very tough match".

"I feel really happy but I'm also kind of sorry because I know you guys wanted her to win", humble Japanese youngster Naomi Osaka after eliminating Ashleigh Barty with a 6-4 6-2 third-round win.

"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".

"For sure they wore off by the end of the match, " said Cahill, who also coached Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi to No.1.

"Well, I still feel pain", said the Romanian. "She played great", said Halep, who praised the 24-year-old Davis's short-angle backhand, and her defensive skills.

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Women's No. 1 Simona Halep took a longer route - equaling a mark in Melbourne for endurance but signaling, perhaps, that she's closer to a Grand Slam breakthrough. Solid groundstrokes saw her claim a break point chance, but a fortunate net cord victor saved Halep from the brink and got her onto the scoreboard. Davis had one previous experience, losing 8-6 in the third set to fellow American Louisa Chirico at the French Open in 2016.

The Thornhill, Ont., resident, who is coming off an injury-filled season, had reached at least the quarterfinals in Melbourne Park the last three years. I was in the zone and trying to focus on what it was I had to do in that next point in order to be successful.

-Alexander "Sascha" Zverev says he's lost the crucial moments in his last three Grand Slams defeats.

The two-time grand slam champion, who had just seven unforced errors throughout, was powerful at the baseline and neat with the touch to leave Sharapova - an Australian Open victor exactly 10 years ago - largely chasing shadows. Both players missed break point opportunities later on, ensuring that the sole break was crucial for Halep.

The 58th-ranked Chung beat a top-five ranked opponent for the first time with his 5-7, 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory in 3hr 22min on Rod Laver Arena.

The match included 48 games, which ties the most for a women's encounter in Australian Open history, as two of the most diminutive players on tour played out an epic.

During Halep and Davis' deciding set, No 6 seed Karolina Pliskova had the time to start and comfortably finish a 7-6 7-5 win over Czech compatiriot Lucie Safarova.

The match went three sets, including a huge tiebreak in the final frame.

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