Australian Open: Simona survives epic rally, beats Lauren Davis 4-6, 6-4, 15-13

Romania's Simona Halep celebrates after beating Lauren Davis of the US. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Jan 20, 2018, 04.50 AM (IST)

Top seed Simona Halep defeated Lauren Davis in a three-set thriller match on Rod Laver Arena to make the fourth round.

Halep saved three match points as she won a marathon third round encounter 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 against the 76th ranked American, Lauren Davis.

In a 3hr 44min long match, both the player were not ready to give up. Simona Halep and Lauren Davis just played the most games of any women's match in Australian Open history.

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In 3hr 44min, Simona Halep and Lauren Davis played the most games of any women's match in Australian Open history. 

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Davis lost a toenail in the third set but even with that, she fought like a warrior. She had taken a medical timeout at 11-11 against after holding Halep in the third round. 

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In the most thrilling match of this Grand Slam, It was Halep who made it through.

After finishing the gruelling match, she said, "I never played the third set so long. I'm almost dead," 

“My muscles are gone. My ankle - I don’t know how it is because I can’t feel it... It's great to be in 4R."

“I won with my heart today,” she added.

Finally, her red dress saved her, again.