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 either Karin Knapp of Italy or Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium. This match will be played on Saturday.
The first seed Maria can meet is No.32 seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the third round.
Indian Wells is the first premier mandatory event of 2015 and this is Maria’s 13th appearance at this event played on hard courts. Maria won this event in 2006 and 2013. Last year, Maria reached the second round.