MELBOURNE, Australia — Push Simona Halep to the brink, and she summons her best.
Halep, the Australian Open’s top-seeded woman, got all she could handle from the 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin in the second round before taking the last four games to emerge with a 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4 victory that took two and a half hours Thursday.
“Well, I have no idea how I won this tonight,” said Halep, the reigning French Open champion. “It’s so tough to explain what happened on court.”
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. In the first round this year, she was down a set and a break before turning things around. And this time, against a hard-hitting Kenin, Halep trailed by 4-2 in the third set and managed to not cede another game.
And that was despite getting what she described as “a little bit injured” in the second set, something that seemed clear from the way she wasn’t always able to run with her usual verve.
“Hopefully,” said Halep, whose No. 1 ranking is up for grabs during the Australian Open, “next round I play better.”
That third-round matchup will be quite intriguing, because it’ll be against Venus Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion. And the winner of that could face Williams’s younger sister, 23-time major champ Serena, in the fourth round.
Venus won a three-setter that finished a little before Halep’s did — and in much more emphatic fashion. Pushed to that deciding set by getting broken to end the second, Venus ran away with the win down the stretch, defeating Alizé Cornet, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.
So what was the difference in the lopsided third set?
“She was just putting more intensity than me. She was hitting harder, deeper,” Cornet said. “I had a little less energy than in the second set and she took advantage of it and really raised her level.”
The 38-year-old Venus, unseeded at a major for the first time in five years, was the runner-up in Australia to Serena in 2003 and 2017.
Serena advanced to the third round by beating the 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard, 6-2, 6-2, on Thursday night, reeling off the last five games and 16 of the final 20 points. That match was to be followed in Rod Laver Arena by No. 1 Novak Djokovic against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a rematch of the 2008 final at Melbourne Park.
Other winners in the women’s draw Thursday included reigning U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka, Karolina Pliskova, Madison Keys, No. 27-seeded Camila Giorgi and No. 28 Hsieh Su-Wei.
In men’s action, fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev served 29 aces in a late-finishing 7-6 (5), 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (6), 6-1 win over Jeremy Chardy. Zverev had control in the first two sets before the No. 36-ranked Chardy rebounded to level at two sets apiece and force the second-round match into a fifth.
It finished after midnight, delaying the later night match on Margaret Court Arena between Johanna Konta and Garbiñe Muguruza.
Muguruza finally won what is believed to be the latest-starting match in Australian Open history, edging Konta, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 7-5, in a marathon that began at 12:30 a.m. and concluded at 3:12 a.m. on Friday.
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4, to reach the Australian Open’s third round in a rematch of their 2008 final at Melbourne Park.
Eleven years ago, Djokovic’s victory over Tsonga gave the Serb the first of his 14 Grand Slam titles. Tsonga needed a wild-card entry to get into this year’s field because his ranking is only 177th. He missed most of last season after having surgery on his left knee in April.
Djokovic now faces 25th-seeded Denis Shapovalov, a 19-year-old Canadian who beat Taro Daniel 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3.
Stan Wawrinka was up a set and was just two points away from taking the second against Milos Raonic. Couldn’t do it.
About an hour later, 2014 champion Wawrinka was a single point from grabbing the third set. Denied again.
And another hour after that, Wawrinka was two points from seizing the fourth to force a fifth. Nope, not on this afternoon.
Wawrinka kept coming oh-so-close, and Raonic kept hanging in there and toughing out the most important moments along the way to a 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (11), 7-6 (5) victory that put the 16th-seeded Canadian into the third round.
“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 4-4 in the third set.
Raonic thought that helped him quite a bit.
“I do a little bit better indoors than outdoors,” he said, “so thank you for raining up there.”
In other men’s action on Day 4, Kei Nishikori withstood 59 aces from 39-year-old Ivo Karlovic en route to a 6-3, 7-6 (6), 5-7, 5-7, 7-6 (7) victory, but No. 7 Dominic Thiem retired from his match in the third set after dropping the first two, and 2018 Australian Open semifinalist Hyeon Chung lost to Pierre-Hugues Herbert, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Raonic delivered 39 aces, part of an impressive ratio of 84 total winners to only 44 unforced errors.
This was a matchup probably better suited to the second week than the second round of a Grand Slam tournament, given both men’s credentials. But Wawrinka, a three-time major champion once ranked as high as No. 3, dropped out of the top 250 last season, when he had surgery on his left knee.
His signature one-handed backhand is as dangerous as ever — he had a 16-2 edge in winners on that shot Thursday — and he hit 28 aces of his own. But as even as the match was in many respects — Raonic only won two more points overall, 163-161 — Wawrinka couldn’t come through when he really needed to.
Raonic had plenty to do with that, of course, including in the third-set tiebreaker, when he served his way out of trouble.
In the last tiebreaker, Wawrinka was up 5-4 before Raonic closed with three consecutive points to avoid heading to a fifth set.
“Today, I’m sad and frustrated,” Wawrinka said. “But in general, if I take some distance with it, I’m happy to see that I’m able to play again with this level, able to move that well.”B:
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