The draw for the first Grand Slam of the year at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia has been released and Maria is seeded No.14 and will play Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand in the firsst round This match will be played on Monday or Tuesday.
Maria has played Tanasugarn three times before and leads the series 3-0. Here are the matches they have played against each other:
2004 Tokyo SF – Maria won 6-2 6-3
2007 San Diego R2 – Maria won 6-1 6-3
2008 Doha R3 – Maria won 6-2 6-2
The first seed Maria can meet is No.20 seed Kaia Kanepi in the third round. No.4 seed Venus Williams could be a possible opponent in the fourth round. No.8 seed Victoria Azarenka and Sydney winner Na Li are in Maria’s quarter. Top seed Caroline Wozniacki and Justine Henin could be possible semi-final opponents. No.2 seed Vera Zvonareva and No.3 seed Kim Clijsters round off the draw in the bottom half.
This is Maria’s eighth Australian Open and her best result was winning three years ago.