Maria’s team the Legendari Japan Warriors won hearts in a packed arena in the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League, as their opponent Micromax Indian Aces won a closely contested battle 25-24.
In mixed doubles action, Maria teamed up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert against the Indian doubles duo of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna. Maria and Herbert won 6-5.
In Maria’s singles match, Maria defeated Samantha Stosur 6-4.
Maria said after the tie: “It’s great to be playing at the IPTL. The team environment is a good one for us to feed off each other’s strength. Besides, we don’t often get to see players like Marat and Fabrice, and for them to come out and play with the power that they did, is lovely. We had a lot of options on the bench today, which is great. I love Japan, its culture, the food, the discipline that people follow here. I’ve been to a lot of cities in Japan, but this was my first time in Kobe, and I’m enjoying it here. It’s great that the IPTL can take tennis to newer places and bring fans closer to their stars.”