Maria is through to her fifth quarter-final at Roland Garros
after she defeated No.12 seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 7-6 7-5
in 2 hours.
This is Maria's ninth match win in a row dating back to
In the first set, Maria got off to a slow start as she found
herself down 4-1 but she worked her way back to level the set
4-4. Both players then held their two service games to force
a tie-break. Maria won the tie-break 7-4 when she hit a
powerful serve that Radwanska couldn't deal with.
Maria raced into a 2-0 lead in the second set but Radwanska pegged
Maria back as she levelled the set 2-2. Maria wins only one
more game as Radwanska builds a 5-3 lead. Radwanska is
serving for the set at 40-0 but Maria breaks back to get the set
back on serve. Maria wins the next 3 games to move into the
quarters when Radwanska hits a shot wide.
After the win, Maria said: "I played smart when I needed to be
smart and was patient at the right times. This tournament is one
I've always said would be the most challenging for me to win, but
I've always worked really hard on trying to get myself prepared as
well as I could for it, physically and mentally, knowing sometimes
you have to be more patient than in points in other
Maria will play No.15 seed, Andrea Petkovic of Germany in the
quarters on Wednesday. They have played three times before
and Maria leads the series 2-1 - all threee meetings were on
hardcourts and Maria won the last meeting in March this year.
On playing Petkovic: "We played in Melbourne. Also in played Miami,
you know, a month or so ago. Yeah, she's a very tough opponent. She
is also quite good on this surface and moves very well. She'll use
that to her advantage. But, yeah, it'll be tough. I'll go out there
and try to win that match."
In the WTA rankings, Maria provisionally moves up to No.6 with
Talk here with other Maria fans about the match.