The draw for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells has been released and Maria is seeded No.2 and has a bye in the first round.
In the second round Maria will play an Italian – either Flavia Pennetta or Francesca Schiavone. Maria has played Pennetta twice before and the series is tied 2-2 and leads 3-0 against Schiavone. This match will be played on Friday or Saturday.
The first seed Maria can meet is No.23 seed Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in the third round.
Indian Wells is the first premier mandatory event of 2013 and is played on hardcourts.
Maria has played this tournament ten times before and her best result was winning in 2006. Last year Maria reached the final.