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US Open champion Iga Swiatek says she needed to find 'another level' to get past Ajla Tomljanovic and move into the Ostrava quarterfinals.

The world number one underlined her status as the dominant player in the WTA last month as she won the US Open - her first hardcourt major.

She has not played since then, but arrived in Ostrava in understandably confident mood. However, she found Australian Tomljanovic a tough obstacle, and had to fight tooth and nail to advance.

In the end, she did that by virtue of Tomljanovic retiring with a knee injury after the Pole won the first set. Despite that, though, she was still the first to acknowledge how tough a test the contest was.

"We played in Toronto and I saw in the US Open how well Ajla played, it seems she's really on a roll and she's playing better and better,” Swiatek said.

“It was a great match and it's unfortunate that something happened, I hope she's going to recover quickly.

"I've had a three-week break from playing matches, and after such an intense time it seems like a lot.

“I felt like I need to get back to the rhythm, and it wasn't easy. I had a bye, and Ajla already played a few matches. So I felt like I need to catch up.

“But I'm pretty happy this match was so intense, because I feel like I had to go to another level and it's going to prepare me for the next matches."

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