The draw for the first Grand Slam of the year at the Australian Open in Melbourne has been released and Maria is seeded second and will face a qualifier in the first round. This match will be played on Monday or Tuesday.
The first seed Maria can meet is No.31 seed Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan in the third round.
This is Maria’s twelfth appearance at the Australian Open and her best result was winning in 2008. Last year Maria reached the fourth round and has 240 points to defend.