Australian Open glance: Venus Williams vs Halep in 3rd round

Australian Open glance: Venus Williams vs Halep in 3rd round

Push Simona Halep to the brink, and she summons her best.

Venus Williams leads the head-to-head against WTA World No.1 Simona Halep 3-2.

Serena Williams, seeded 16th, was equally ruthless.

Defending champion Roger Federer's strong run against qualifiers at Grand Slam tournaments continued with a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over Daniel Evans in the second round at the Australian Open.

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A year ago at Melbourne Park, Halep was a point from being eliminated in two matches but came back each time en route to reaching the final.

Halep was forced to dig deep against the big-hitting world number 71 in the 6-7 (7-2) 6-4 6-2 slog over 2h 11m. Halep was absolutely cruising at one set up and a break up in the second set. It is fair to say that Halep got lucky to a certain extent. Out of sudden, the American found her range and she broke back at love in game five to gain an enormous boost and stay on the level terms with the Romanian in the rest of the set and reach the tie break. 6-4 and will meet Venus Williams in the third round.

The French Open champion said in her post match interview that she injured herself during the second set.

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She was always going to have a really tricky opponent in France's Alize Cornet in the second round and it proved to be just that.

Meanwhile, Canadian Milos Raonic unleashed a "scary" display of ruthless serving to break the hearts of home fans and dismantle an ailing Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 on Tuesday.

"I missed a few little points", Wawrinka said, "that could have changed the match".

They were interrupted for about a half-hour while the roof at Rod Laver Arena was shut because of rain at 4-all in the third set.

Kanepi smacked 40 winners, but also made 62 unforced errors in an all-or-nothing effort.

"I thought it was a fine match", Wozniacki, who is battling rheumatoid arthritis, told reporters.

Raonic had plenty to do with that, of course, including in the third-set tiebreaker, when he served his way out of trouble. But it was another three-set affair that she faced in the second round.

"I can take a lot of confidence because it is not easy facing Kaia".

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