Maria is through to the quarters of the Western & Southern
Open in Cincinnati after she defeated No.14 seed Svetlana
Kuznetsova of Russia. Maria won 6-2 6-3 in 1 hour and 15
Maria broke Kuznetsova to lead 3-2 in the first set and won five
straight games to take the first set and lead 2-0 with a break in
the second set. Maria takes a 5-2 lead in the set, Kuznetsova
breaks Maria but Maria takes the one game she needs to advance to
In the quarters to be played on Friday, Maria will play No.10 seed
Samantha Stosur of Australia. Maria has played Stosur eight
times before and leads the series 8-0. Maria has four wins on
hardcourts and the last meeting was in Rome earlier this year in
the final and Maria won 6-2 6-4.
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