Simona Halep let her inner Zen flow as the second seed calmly dug in from 2-5 down in the final set to reach the Australian Open third round on Wednesday.

The reigning Wimbledon champion and Melbourne second seed managed to overcome Australian Alja Tomljanovic 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Simona Halep celebrates after her victory. Photo: Tennis Australia/ JAY TOWN

Halep, with two Grand Slam titles, knows how to get the job done, but needed to call upon her inner forces at the Melbourne Park night session.

“Definitely it was an amazing match, she played unbelievable. But I fought
till the end. I never gave up during the match.

“Honestly, I’m really happy and proud of what I did, all of the fighting.”

Ajla Tomljanovic in action against Simona Halep on Day 3 of the Australian Open. Photo: Tennis Australia/ JAY TOWN

The Romanian said she climbed out of the third-set hole by just calming down.

“I think I got relaxed a little bit more. My team told me my arms were more relaxed and the ball was going a little bit deeper.

“I didn’t realise that, but it’s good that I ended like that and got the confidence that I still can win these tough matches.”

The former No. 1 added: “Sometimes when I feel like the match is gone, I try just to play like I have nothing to lose anymore.

“She was leading so much, and I just had to try and relax to salvage a spot in the third round.”


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