The draw for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells has been released and Maria is seeded no.4 and has a bye in the first round.
In the second round, Maria will play either world no.75 Jana Cepelova of the Czech Republic or world no.86 Julia Goerges of Germany. Maria leads the series 3-0 with Goerges and has never played Cepelova before. This match will be played on Friday or Saturday.
The first seed Maria can meet is no.25 seed Sorana Cirstea of Romania in the third round.
Maria is the defending champion in the first premier mandatory event of 2014 and has 1000 points to defend.