Maria's run at the Australian Open in Melbourne is over as she
lost 6-3 4-6 1-6 in two hours and twelve minutes to no.20 seed
Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in the fourth round.
Maria raced into a 5-2 lead in the first set and was broken serving
for the set but broke Cibulkova in the next game to take the first
set 6-3 in 39 minutes.
In the second set, Cibulkova raced into a 5-0 lead. Maria took the
next four games but it wasn't enough as Cibulkova won the next game
to take the set 6-4 in 42 minutes. At the end of the second set,
Maria took an injury time-out and when play resumed, Cibulkova
built a 5-1 lead and took the final game and match after a long
Maria's next tournament is the Open GDF Suez in Paris, France
which begins on 27th January.