The draw for the first Grand Slam of the year at the Australian Open in Melbourne has been released and Maria will face No.19 seed Donna Vekic of Croatia in the first round on Tuesday.
Maria has played the 23-year-old once before at the French Open 2nd round in 2018 and won 7-5 6-4.
Here is Tuesday’s schedule:
Rod Laver Arena – 11.00 AM local time start
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) vs. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) (2)
Donna Vekic (19) vs. Maria Sharapova
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This will be Maria’s 16th appearance at the Australian Open and her best result was winning in 2008.
Last year Maria reached the fourth and upset the defending the defending champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in an epic win in the third round.