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Maria into Melbourne last 16

Posted on January 17, 2014

Maria is through to the fourth round of the Australian Open in Melbourne after she defeated no.25 seed Alize Cornet of France 6-1 7-6 in an hour and 51 minutes.

Maria raced into a 4-0 lead in the first set. Cornet got one of the breaks back in the fifth game. Maria broke Cornet for a third time in the sixth game when Cornet hit a shot wide. Maria served for the in game seven and won the set 6-1 in 32 minutes when Cornet hit a shot long.

In the second set, Cornet took a 3-1 lead. In the next game, Maria got the set back on serve when Cornet double-faulted. At 3-3, Maria hit an inside-out forehand winner to break Cornet to lead 4-3. At 5-3, Maria had one matchpoint on Cornet's serve but was unable to take it and was broken in the next game while serving for the match. Maria broke again to lead 6-5 and was unable to serve for the match in the twelfth game and the set was decided by a tie-break. Maria won the tie-break 8-6 on her second match point when Cornet hit a shot long.

In Monday's fourth round match, Maria will face no.20 seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia. Maria has played the 24-year-old five times before and leads the series 3-2. Here are the matches they have played against each other:2008 Amelia Island Final: Maria won 7-6 6-32008 Rome R2: Maria won 6-2 3-6 6-42009 French Open QF: Cibulkova won 6-0 6-2 2011 Madrid R3: Cibulkova won 7-5 6-42011 Wimbledon QF: Maria won 6-1 6-1

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