The draw for the China Open in Beijing has Maria is seeded No.4 and will face Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in the first round.
Maria has played the Estonian three times before and leads the series 3-0. Here are the matches they have played against each other:
2012 French Open QF: Maria won 6-2 6-3
2013 Madrid QF: Maria won 6-2 6-4
2014 Brisbane QF: Maria won 4-6 6-3 6-2
The first seed Maria can meet is No.14 seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy in the third round.
Maria has played this event five times before and her best result was reaching the final in 2012. Last year, Maria didn’t play in Beijing due to injury.
Beijing is the final premier mandatory event of 2014 and Maria’s final event before the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore in October.