Maria is through to the third round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, Italy after her opponent Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia had to retire with a shoulder injury. Maria was leading 6-2 3-1 when Gajdosova retired.
In the first set, Maria got the first break to lead 3-1 and in the final game of the set Maria broke again and on set point Maria hit a punishing return which Gajdosova netted as Maria took the set 6-2 in 35 minutes. Maria had 19 winners to her opponent’s 3 winners throughout the set.
Maria broke Gajdosova to lead 3-1 in the second set and at that point, Gajdosova walked to her chair and retired with a shoulder injury.
Maria will play her third round match on Thursday against No.15 seed Madison Keys of the United States or Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia.