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Maria through to Madrid last 16

Posted on May 8, 2012

Maria is through to the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open in Madrid after she defeated Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-4 6-3 in 77 minutes.

Maria broke Zakopalova to love in the first game of the first set and raced into a 4-1 double-break lead.  Zakopalova got one of the breaks back in the next game but Maria kept in front as at 40-30 in the final game of the set, Maria hit a strong serve which Zakopalova hit into the net to give Maria the set 6-3 in 44 minutes.

In the second set, Maria built a 5-2 lead.  In the next game on Maria's serve, Maria had a matchpoint but Zakopalova saved it and broke Maria's serve.  Maria re-grouped in the next game and broke Zakopalova to love and won the match when Zakopalova double-faulted.

In the third round Maria will play Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic.  Maria has played Safarova once before at this tournament two years ago and lost in straight sets.

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