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Simona Halep ‘almost dead’ after saving three match points to survive Australian Open epic

Simona Halep 'almost dead' after saving three match points to survive Australian Open epic
Halep survived (Picture: AFP/Getty)

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 world No. 1 recovered from a set down and survived a stunning 142-minute final set to beat her opponent 4-6 6-4 15-13 in a match that equalled the women’s singles Australian Open record for longest match in terms of games played.

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 never played a third set so long. I’m almost dead,’ Halep said.

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Simona Halep 'almost dead' after saving three match points to survive Australian Open epic
Davis was beaten (Picture: AFP/Getty)

‘My muscles are gone. I don’t know how my ankle is because I can’t feel it any more.’

World No. 76 Davis – who also required treatment for injury during the contest – had three consecutive match points when at 0-40 on Halep’s serve but the Romanian held firm.

However, she was proud of her efforts on an epic night at Melbourne Park.

Simona Halep 'almost dead' after saving three match points to survive Australian Open epic
Halep roared through (Picture: AFP/Getty)

‘I’m very tired,’ Davis said. ‘But, I mean, there is a lot to take away from that match. I played really, really well.

‘Left all that I had out there on the court, and I did all that I could do. I think there is quite a few positives to take away from and to learn from, so things are looking up, I think.’

Up next for Halep will be either Ash Barty or Naomi Osaka, with Karolina PLiskova, Caroline Garcia and Madison Keys all progressing to the last-16.

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