One of the smallest players in the draw has fallen just, well, short, of completing the biggest upset so far. In what was easily the longest and best contest of the women’s tournament, top seed Simona Halep had to save three match points before surviving 4-6 6-4 15-13 against American world No.76 Lauren Davis.
The underdog lost some toenails. The favourite was also injured and brave. Halep was also ultimately successful in an epic encounter that lasted three hours and 45 minutes on Rod Laver Arena, the equal-longest - with the Chanda Rubin v Arantza Sanchez Vicario quarter-final from 1996 - Australian Open women’s match in terms of games played.