Cincinnati Draw

Maria is playing her first tournament since June at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati this week.

The draw has been released and Maria is seeded third and has a bye in the first round.

In the second round, Maria will play either Sloane Stephens or a qualifier. Maria has played Stephens three times before and leads the series 3-0, here are the matches they have played against each other:
Miami 2012 R3: Maria won 6-4 6-2
Rome 2013 R3: Maria won 6-2 6-1
French Open 2013 R4: Maria won 6-4 6-3

The first seed Maria can meet is no.14 seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in the third round.

Maria is playing her first and only US Open series event at Cincinnati ahead of the US Open beginning in two weeks time. Maria has played this premier 5 event twice and her best was winning in a dramatic final against Jankovic in 2011.