The draw for the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati has been released and Maria is seeded No.5 and has a bye in the first round.
In the second round, Maria will play either Alize Cornet of France or Madison Keys of the United States. Maria has never played Keys before and leads the head-to-head 2-0 against Cornet. This match will be played on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The first seed Maria can meet is No.11 seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in the third round.
Cincinnati is Maria’s second and final hard court warm-up before the US Open which begins on August 25th.
Maria has played this premier five tournament three times before and her best result was winning in 2011.