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Halep survives three-set Open scare

World No.1 Simona Halep has emerged from a titanic third-round scare from Lauren Davis to progress to the second week of the Australian Open – and a potential meeting with top Aussie Ashleigh Barty.

Halep, playing through an ankle concern, dropped the first set, fighting back to defeat the world No.76 4-6 6-4 15-13 across three hours and 44 minutes on Saturday in the match of the tournament so far.

The Romanian saved three match points at 11-10 in deciding set of the Rod Laver Arena classic, overcoming Davis after the unseeded American lost a toenail in the marathon third set.

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