Exhausted yet? Simona Halep, Lauren Davis need OT and then some

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

Halep said the ankle, sprained in her first-round match, was painful. So long. I never played a third set so long.

"I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I appreciate all of their support".

"I feel that my muscles are gone and I don't know how my ankle is because I don't feel it anymore". But it was nice to be on court.

There was a sense of deja vu when the first two games of the second set went against serve, but Halep's athleticism and accuracy combined with a string of Bouchard errors ensured it was plain sailing for last year's French Open runner-up. Left all that I had out there on the court.

Davis required a medical timeout at 11-all after telling the chair umpire her toenail had fallen off. "I never played the third set so long". The Japanese 20-year-old will next play Halep.

Kerber's next match is against Hsieh Su-wei, who followed up her win over Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza with a 6-2, 7-5 win against No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska to return to the fourth round at Melbourne Park for the first time in a decade. Keys saved three break points serving for the match.

Davis then had treatment on her right foot before saving five more break points in the next game.

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

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It looked like Davis would pull off one of the shocks of the tournament when the score was 11-10, however, a determined Halep managed to survive three match points and claw her way into the lead at 14-13. "Maybe when she had the match balls, maybe I would have lost it". The third seed, Garbine Muguruza, splashed out in her second round match.

No. 17 Madison Keys was a 6-3, 6-4 victor over Ana Bogdan.

The American, 24, said she modelled herself on the Romanian. Keys has lost three times to players ranked outside Top 100 at majors: No.290 Martic (2017 Roland Garros), No.133 S.Zhang (2016 Australian Open) and No.145 Krunic (2014 US Open). For a single, sublime day she was nearly as good as the best player in the world.

"I definitely felt that way", said Keys, who made a run to the Open semi-finals as a teenager in 2015.

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 a year ago; and Jelena Ostapenko, the No. 7 seed and the defending French Open champ.

A much-hyped match between two former Australian champions was no contest: 2016 victor Angelique Kerber beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena to open the night program.

The Belarusian, carrying an 18-7 career mark against opponents from France before the match, including a 15-4 record on hardcourts, pushed the match to a decider.

The hugely anticipated match-up of the only two Australian Open winners and Grand Slam champions left in the women's draw got top billing at the Rod Laver Arena.

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