Maria will play her third round BNP Paribas Open match against No.32 seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus under the lights on Monday.
The match will begin at 7.00 PM local time (10.00 PM ET and 3.00 AM on Tuesday.
On playing Azarenka, Maria said:
I think it’s nice to be able to play against each other quite early in the season, I would say. It’s still only, what, our fourth ‑ for me ‑ our my fourth tournament this season. I think it will be a good challenge for both of us.
We have had some really good matches in the past, even though we haven’t played against each other in a while. She’s made a few comebacks. She’s already been playing really good tennis. So, yeah, I always look forward to our matches, and I’m sure it will be a good one.
Maria has played Azarenka thirteen times before and Azarenka leads the series 7-6. Here are the matches they have played against each other:
2007 Moscow R2: Azarenka won 7-6 6-2
2009 Los Angeles R2: Maria won 6-7 6-4 6-2
2009 Beijing R2: Maria won 6-3 6-7 7-5
2010 Stanford Final: Azarenka won 6-4 6-1
2011 Miami Final: Azarenka won 6-1 6-4
2011 Rome Quarter-Final: Maria won 4-6 3-0 ret.
2012 Australian Open Final: Azarenka won 6-3 6-0
2012 Indian Wells Final: Azarenka won 6-2 6-3
2012 Stuttgart Final: Maria won 6-1 6-4
2012 US Open Semi-Final: Azarenka won 3-6 6-2 6-4
2012 Beijing Final: Azarenka won 6-3 6-1
2012 WTA Championships Semi-Final: Maria won 6-4 6-2
2013 French Open Semi-Final: Maria won 6-1 2-6 6-4