American Madison Keys reaches fourth round of Australian Open

Karolina Pliskova proved too strong for Lucie Safarova on Saturday. Lukas Coch  EPA

Halep left fans gasping in concern after rolling her ankle during her first-round win over Destanee Ajava, and even Halep admitted after beating Bouchard that she was anxious entering the match.

"Yeah, I have never played a match like that before where it went so long in the third set". I'm nearly dead. But it was.

For Davis, as discouraging as it might be to have nothing to show for all that hard work, it was a very good tournament.

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"I feel that my muscles are gone". But it was nice to be on court. But she improved a lot, and I can say that she's a great athlete and also player.

Sharapova said Kerber was the more aggressive on court and took more risks.

Class prevailed, with Halep taking the second set 6-4.

"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". Serving to stay in the first set at 4-5, Halep failed to fend off the inspired play of Davis, particularly on her backhand side, and ultimately conceded the set 4-6 after just 40 minutes of play.

With the temperatures a manageable 26 degrees Celsius at Melbourne Park after two days of oven-like conditions, the Romanian looked to be in trouble against American Lauren Davis.

The drama unfolded in Rod Laver Arena after Davis owned triple match points on Halep's serve at 10-10, but a broken toenail derailed her chances as she was forced to call a medical timeout after Halep rattled off five consecutive points. The scheme repeated itself at 8-7, then Davis reached a turning point as she held to love to lead 10-9.

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Halep served for the match at 5-4, 6-5 and 8-7 but was pegged back each time by the American, who showed vast belief, despite her inferior ranking, in cooler conditions at Melbourne Park after Friday's extreme heat.

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

Davis broke back in a titanic sixth game, only to fall behind again.

Halep said that instead of getting tight when facing those three match points, her arm actually relaxed a little. "But, yeah, I've played her twice, and both times it was three sets". No.17 seed Madison Keys cruised past Ana Bogdan, achieving her best result in a major, to power into the second week for the ninth time in a Grand Slam tournament.

The American, 24, said she modelled herself on the Romanian.

The Russian, back in the top 50 after 15 months on the sidelines, had her progress at the Australian Open ruthlessly snuffed out by 2016 champion Angelique Kerber in the third round Saturday. "But at 13-all when I took the game, I said it's my lucky number". My ankle - I can't feel it any more.

The women's draw has already lost Garbiñe Muguruza, the No. 3 seed and the defending Wimbledon champion; Venus Williams, the No. 5 seed who was the runner-up here past year; and Jelena Ostapenko, the No. 7 seed and the defending French Open champ.

The match lasted 48 games, equalling a 22-year-old record at Melbourne Park.

Halep, a former quarter-finalist, will next play Naomi Osaka in her quest for a maiden Grand Slam title after the Japanese star beat Australia's Ashleigh Barty.

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