The draw for the China Open in Beijing, China has been released and Maria has been drawn to play No.16 seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in the first round.
Maria’s only meeting against the 27-year-old was in her last match at the US Open. Maria lost 7-5 4-6 2-6 in the fourth round.
This match will be played on Saturday on National Tennis Stadium and is the first match in the night session which starts at 7.30 PM local time (1.30 PM CET, 7.30 AM ET & 4.30 PM PT).
The tournament is a premier mandatory event played on hard courts and Maria will be making her seventh appearance in the Chinese capital. Maria’s best result was winning the title in 2014 and she also made the final in 2012.