The draw for the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells has been released and Maria is seeded No.16 and has a bye in the first round.
In the second round, Maria will face either a qualifier or Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain.
Maria could face No.20 seed Aravane Rezai of France in the third round and No.4 seed Samantha Stosur of Australia in the fourth round.
Maria has played Indian Wells nine times before and her best result is taking the title in 2006. Last year, she lost in the third round to Jie Zheng of China.