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Maria wins first match in Beijing

Posted on October 1, 2012

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 before.

In the rankings, Maria remains No.2 with 8515 points.

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