Second seed Simona Halep was rattled by big-hitting Alja Tomljanovic on Wednesday, however received 5 video games in a row to outlive a serious scare and attain the Australian Open third round. The 2-time Grand Slam winner was pushed to the brink by the gutsy Australian in a see-saw second spherical conflict, earlier than lastly prevailing 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in two hours and 34 minutes. Halep, who misplaced simply three video games to Australian wildcard Lizette Cabrera within the first round, rallied from 5-2 down within the third set.
“I used to be anticipating a tough match but it surely was greater than I assumed,” she stated.
“I assumed in the long run I used to be mentally stronger, had the need and did not hand over.”
Halep began the match with a break however the feisty, 72-ranked Tomljanovic, buoyed by the majority of assist at Margaret Courtroom Enviornment, hit again and edged forward.
An offended Halep remonstrated within the course of her Australian coach Darren Cahill en path to dropping the opening set, however composed herself to hit again and draw degree.
However Halep could not shake off Tomljanovic, who continued to pounce on the Romanian’s tentative serve, and broke within the pivotal sixth recreation of the decider to smell an upset.
However the twists continued with Tomljanovic unable to shut it out on serve, as Halep mustered 5 video games on the trot to lastly prevail.
Halep, 29, is looking for a maiden triumph at Melbourne Park, having fallen brief to Caroline Wozniacki within the 2018 decider.
She was left surprised final yr after a straight-sets loss to Garbine Muguruza within the semi-finals.
Halep, whose seven-year streak within the high 10 is the longest energetic run amongst ladies, performs thirty second seed Veronika Kudermetova of Russia within the subsequent spherical.
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