Maria battles through to Acapulco semis

Maria is through to the semis of the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL in Acapulco, Mexico. Maria defeated Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1 4-6 6-2 in two hours and 13 minutes.

Maria led 6-1 2-2, and then Rybarikova won five of the next seven games to take the second set 6-4 and take a 1-0 lead in the third. Maria then won six of the next seven games to book her spot in the semis.

After the match, Maria issued a statement:
“Unfortunately I’ve had a stomach virus for the past couple of days and during tonight’s match it got a lot worse. I could not make it to press tonight as I am trying to do everything to recover for tomorrow and hoping that I will be out on the court.”

In Fridays’s semi, Maria will play No.3 seed Caroline Garcia of France. Maria has played the 21-year-old three times before and leads the series 3-0. Here are the matches they have played against each other:
2011 French Open R2: Maria won 3-6 6-4 6-0
2013 Doha R2: Maria won 6-3 6-2
2014 Brisbane R1: Maria won 6-3 6-0