The draw for the first Grand Slam of the year at the Australian Open in Melbourne has been released and Maria is seeded third and will world no.48 Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States in the first round. This match will be played on Monday or Tuesday.
Maria has played Mattek-Sands five times before and leads the series 5-0. Here are the matches they have played against each other:
2002 $50K Pittsburgh R1: Maria won 6-0 6-3
2008 Charleston R2: Maria won 6-0 6-0
2008 French Open R2: Maria won 6-2 3-6 6-2
2010 Memphis R2: Maria won 6-1 6-1
2010 Birmingham R2: Maria won 6-0 6-3
The first seed Maria can meet is no.25 seed Alize Cornet of France in the third round.
This is Maria’s eleventh appearance at the Australian Open and her best result was winning in 2008. Last year Maria reached the semis and has 900 points to defend.