2014 finalist Dominika Cibulkova edged past Denisa Allertova in straight sets to find a place in the second round of the Australian Open.
WTA Staff

MELBOURNE, Australia - 2014 finalist Dominika Cibulkova edged past Denisa Allertova in straight sets to find a place in the second round of the Australian Open.

Seeded No.6, her highest seeding ever at a Slam, Cibulkova showed a bit of rust in her opening match against the Czech but closed it out in style to notch a 7-5, 6-2 victory.

"I'd say it was a pretty good performance, for a first round," Cibulkova told press after the victory. "In every Grand Slam the opening round it's always tough, but you have to get through it."

"This is my first experience, being really high-ranked in a Grand Slam. It's my first time being in this situation and I really try to focus and do the right thing, not let my head go to negative thoughts and lose focus."

Dominika Cibulkova

It was tough from the get-go for Cibulkova; the opening game alone was almost eight minutes long, with Allertova bringing up two break points. Cibulkova recovered admirably, striking first to earn a 4-2 lead.

She had trouble serving out the opening set, though, as a double fault restored parity and handed Allertova an edge back into the set. But the Slovak broke once more, running her opponent from end to end and taking the opening set.

After going down an early break in the second, Cibulkova hit back to reel off the last five games in a row and closed out the match in an hour and 42 minutes.

"It was a good experience for me to play against her, because she was playing really, really flat and going for her shots," Cibulkova said. "I had to be really patient and I think I played great in the important points."

Her next opponent will be Hsieh Su-Wei, who moved into the second round after Karin Knapp retired with Hsieh leading 6-3, 2-0.