Maria is through to the quarters of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany after a 7-5 6-1 win over Ekaterina Makarova of Russia. The match lasted an hour and 20 minutes.
The first set lasted 48 minutes as Maria got the only break of the set in the final game with a forehand cross court winner to take the 7-5. Maria hit 17 winners throughout the set compared to her opponent’s eight.
The momentum continued in the second set as Maria broke Makarova’s twice to lead 3-1 and 5-1 respectively. In the final game of the match on Maria’s serve, Maria hit an ace on match point to seal the win for her seventh consecutive win over Makarova.
In Friday’s quarter-final, Maria will be up against world No.73 Anett Kontaveit of Estonia. Maria has never played the 21-year-old before. This match will be played at 2.00 PM local time (8.00 AM ET & 5.00 AM PT).