Clay season preview

Maria will play three tournaments in preparation for the second Grand Slam of the year at Roland Garros in Paris.

The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart will be Maria’s first clay tournament. Stuttgart will begin on April 22nd and is played indoors. Maria made her debut appearance last year and won.

On May 4th, the Mutua Madrid Open in Madrid will begin. Madrid is one of four premier mandatory events played throughout the year. Maria will be making her fourth appearance in the Spanish capital and her best result was reaching the semis last year.

At the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, Maria will be looking to defend the title which she won in 2011 and 2012. Rome begins on May 13th and Maria will be playing the tournament for the sixth time this year.

Roland Garros begins on May 26th.

Last year Maria won three titles on clay (Roland Garros, Stuttgart and Rome) and won 19 matches.