The draw for the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati has been released and Maria is seeded second and has a bye in the first round.
In the second round, Maria will play either Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic or Varvara Lepchenko of the United States.
The first seed Maria can meet is No.13 seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in the third round.
Cincinnati is Maria’s first and only hard court tournament before the final Grand Slam of the year at the US Open in New York. Maria is making her fifth appearance and her best result was winning the tournament in 2011. Last year, Maria reached the semis.