The draw for the first Grand Slam of the year at the Australian Open in Melbourne has been released and Maria is seeded fifth and will face world No.58 Nao Hibino of Japan in the first round.
Maria has never played the 21-year-old before. This match will be played on Monday or Tuesday.
The first seed Maria can meet is No.26 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia in the third round.
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This is Maria’s thirteenth appearance at the Australian Open and her best result was winning in 2008. Last year Maria reached the final.