Australian Open 2019: Halep Survives Scare To Reach Third Round
World number one Simona Halep survived a scare to beat American Sofia Kenin and reach the Australian Open third round.
The Romanian had been cruising to victory after leading by a set and a break before finding herself a break down in the third.
She kept her composure to break back in the seventh game of the decider before going on to win 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-4.
“I have no idea how I won,” said Halep, who next faces Venus Williams.
Halep, who has started the season without a coach, was runner-up to Caroline Wozniacki in last year’s Australian Open final.
Since winning the French Open in May for her maiden Grand Slam title, she made a third-round exit at Wimbledon and was knocked out in the first round of the US Open.
She has looked in danger of the same thing happening here, having also struggled in her opening match where she came from a set down to progress.
And at last year’s tournament she had to save three match points in her second-round match against American Lauren Davis.
The top seed did not seem to have learnt her lessons as she let Kenin – and her ferocious backhand – back into the match when she allowed her to break back in the fifth game of the second set.