Maria is through to the second round of the China Open in
Beijing after she defeated Simona Halep of Romania. Maria won 7-5
7-5 in an hour and 52 minutes.
On serve, Maria had a first serve percentage of 69% and won 62% of
points on first serve and 56% on second serve. Maria broke Halep's
serve six times and won six of eight break points (75%). Maria had
33 winners to 39 unforced errors.
After the match, Maria said: "Certainly the scoreline was quite
difficult, but I was up in those two sets and let her get back into
it. I put myself in a position in both sets, going up a break, and
it wasn't the best thing to let her back in - but the good thing
was I regained my focus and won that match, no matter how well she
was playing and coming back. At the end of the day I'm happy I won
in two sets."
Maria will face world No.29 Sorana Cirstea of Romania in the
second round on Wednesday. Maria has never played the 22-year-old
In the rankings, Maria remains No.2 with 8515 points.