Sixth seed Dominika Cibulkova was made to work hard in her second-round match against Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei at the Australian Open on Thursday.
Hsieh started the match strongly and broke the Slovak in the third game to take a 2-1 lead, although Cibulkova broke straight back and then took the next two games to lead 4-2.
The Taiwanese wasn’t done though, and promptly broke back and then held serve again to level at 4-4.
But Cibulkova eventually prevailed, holding her serve before breaking Hsieh again to claim the set 6-4.
The second set was equally enthralling, and went with serve until Cibulkova broke Hsieh in the sixth game and then held serve to take a 5-2 lead.
Hsieh however, struck back, breaking her opponent in the ninth game to level things up as the set went to a tie-break.
The Taiwanese had a set point at 7-8 only for Cibulkova to deny her with a backhand volley before the Slovak closed out the tie-break for a 6-4, 7-6 (10) win.
Cibulkova now faces Russian 30th seed Ekaterina Makarova in the third round.
Over on Rod Laver, Caroline Wozniacki (17) made light work of Croatia’s Donna Vekic, the Dane dispatching her 6-1, 6-3 to set up a third-round encounter with number nine seed Johanna Konta.