Melbourne - Romanian third seed Simona Halep limped into the Australian Open
fourth round on Friday, struggling to overcome American world number 258
The 23-year-old, a quarter-finalist at
Melbourne Park last year, eventually prevailed 6-4, 7-5 to set up a
fourth-round showdown with Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer.
seemed assured when Halep took the first set and was 5-1 up in the
second but the Romanian could not close out the never-say-die American
"It was a tough match, it was very hot outside," a relieved Halep said. "She played really well today(Friday).
"I played well, but it wasn't easy to finish the match. I was pleased to finish in two (sets)."
Halep said temperatures approaching 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) made conditions difficult.
her unconvincing performance, she remained full of confidence about her
chances at the season-opening Grand slam, saying that reaching the
French Open final and Wimbledon semi last year had bolstered her self
"I have more confidence now during the Grand Slams and I believe I have my chance at every tournament," she said.