Australian Open: Lauren Davis upbeat after thrilling defeat to Simona Halep

Halep reacts after losing the first set to her unseeded American opponent on Saturday

Halep reacts after losing the first set to her unseeded American opponent on Saturday

Davis, a baby-faced 24-year-old with a monster forehand, was majestic in defeat, breaking Halep three times when the Romanian served for the match and battling on after losing a toenail late in the game. Davis finished with roughly twice the number of winners (52 to 27) against slightly more than double the unforced errors (73-39) and broke Halep's serve six times.

Davis was defeated but not deflated after her 4-6 6-4 15-13 loss to Halep, pushing the top seed all the way at the Australian Open.

"I have never played a match like that before where it went so long in the third set".

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World No. 1 Simona Halep does not have a clothing sponsor at this year's Austalian Open - a missed opportunity for someone, given that she spent 3hr 44min on court today in her third-round match. "My ankle is, I don't know how it is because I don't feel it anymore, but it was nice to be on court. I didn't feel any pressure".

The contest equalled the women's singles Australian Open record for longest match in terms of games played.

It eclipsed the 3hr 1min that fellow Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu took to defeat Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation 3-6, 6-4, 8-6 in the first round on Monday.

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French eighth seed Caroline Garcia came through in three sets 6-3 5-7 6-2 against Belarus' Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

The 26-year-old Halep will meet the victor of home favourite Ashleigh Barty and Japan's Naomi Osaka for a place in the quarterfinals, having carried her injured ankle through a deciding set of 142 minutes. "So as unbelievable as that run was, the combination of being exhausted from that and having a wrist that still wasn't 100 percent ideal, I just needed to kind of shut it down, calm down, and then I was really excited to start the new season".

US Open finalist Madison Keys sent a message that her 2017 season-end form was no fluke, running roughshod over Romanian Ana Bogdan to make the last 16. Incredibly, the Hungarian had not won a Grand Slam match before this year's Australian Open - finally coming of age at 25.

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On the men's side, fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem beat Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 to move into the fourth round for a sixth consecutive major.

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