Laura Siegemund was the only one of the five German women to make it through the first round of the Australian Open. For Tatjana Maria, a negative streak continued.

Laura Siegemund prevented a collective first-round exit of the German women’s tennis team at the Australian Open. The 34-year-old defeated Italian Lucia Bronzetti 2:6, 6:4 and 6:3 in her opening match on Wednesday and will meet Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu in the second round. The four other German starters in Melbourne had failed at the opening hurdle.

Shortly before Siegemund’s victory, Wimbledon semi-finalist Tatjana Maria was hit. The 35-year-old was defeated 6-3, 5-7, 4-6 by Italian qualifier Lucrezia Stefanini in her first-round encounter on Wednesday. The 71st-ranked player in the world thus continued a negative streak in Australia for the fifth time in a row. Before Maria, seven other German players had already missed the second round at the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.

The matches of Siegemund and Maria were scheduled for Tuesday but had to be postponed by one day due to rain. For the same reason, the start of the matches on Wednesday was also postponed by several hours into the evening (local time).