The draw for Maria’s first tournament of 2014 is out at the Brisbane International in Brisbane, Australia and Maria is seeded third and will play world no.74 Caroline Garcia of France in round one.
Maria has played the 20-year-old twice before and leads the series 2-0. Here are the matches they have played against each other:
French Open 2011 R2: Maria won 3-6 6-4 6-0
Doha 2013 R2: Maria won 6-3 6-2
The first seed Maria can meet is no.8 seed Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in the quarters.
Maria is playing her first tournament since Cincinnati in August due to a shoulder injury.
Maria is making her first appearance in Queensland’s state capital – the previous two years Maria has had to pull out due to injuries.