The draw for the first Grand Slam of the year at the Australian Open in Melbourne has been released and Maria is seeded 30th and will play British qualifier Harriet Dart in the first round.
Maria has never played the 22-year-old before and this match will be played on Monday.
The first seed Maria can meet is No.3 seed and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the third round.
This is Maria’s 15th appearance at the Australian Open and her best result was winning in 2008. Last year Maria reached the third round.