Maria advances to Rome 3rd Round

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.