French Open R2: Maria vs. Diatchenko

On Wednesday, Maria will play her second round match at the French Open in Paris against world No.91 Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia. Maria has never played the 24-year-old before.

Maria talks about Diatchenko:
“I just got to know her during Fed Cup this year. That was really the first time where we spent some time together. I didn’t get a chance to practice with her. I practiced with the other girls. I saw her play doubles a little bit. You know, it seemed like a wasted match in a way, but maybe it was good because it was the first time I had seen her strike the ball. She’s a big hitter. Goes a lot for her shots. But at this point I really just want to focus on my game and not worry about the opponent too much.”

The match will be played on Philippe-Chatrier Court and will begin at 11.00 AM (5.00 AM ET & 2.00 AM PT).