Top Seed Iga Swiatek Survives Tough Opening Test At Australian Open

Iga Swiatek, the world's top player, advanced to the second round of the Australian Open on Monday after facing a challenging test from Jule Niemeier

The 2022 French and US Open champion needed 

an hour and 59 minutes to defeat the tenacious German on Rod Laver Arena.

She was far from her fluid best, which helped her to a 37-match winning streak last season

Swiatek, who is attempting to complete the career Grand Slam of all four majors in Melbourne

was broken at the beginning of the second set by the strong German world number 69

Niemeier had just had her most successful season to date in 2022, during which she advanced

to the Wimbledon quarterfinals and defeated Swiatek by a set and a break in the US Open's round of 16

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