At ten minutes past midnight on Saturday in New York, Maria booked her spot in the fourth round of the US Open. Maria defeated No.26 seed Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-2 6-4 in an hour and 41 minutes.
The first set took 40 minutes as Maria got the first break to lead 2-0 when Lisicki dumped a backhand into the net. At 5-2 on Lisicki’s serve on set point, Lisicki hit a double fault as Maria won the set 6-2.
The second set was more competitive as the intensity from both players increased. The first three games were breaks of serve and Lisicki went up 3-1. Maria broke Lisicki in the sixth game to level the set 3-3 when Lisicki hit a volley long. Maria broke again to lead 5-3 when Lisicki hit a shot long. Serving for the match at 5-3, Maria was broken and the set was back on serve. Maria re-grouped and broke Lisicki’s serve in the final game and won the match on her third match point when Lisicki hit a shot wide.
In Sunday’s fourth round match, Maria will play No.10 seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. Maria has played Wozniacki seven times before and leads the series 5-2. Here are the matches they have played against each other:
2008 Doha QF: Maria won 6-0 6-1
2008 Rome R3: Maria won 6-4 7-6
2010 US Open R4: Wozniacki won 6-3 6-4
2011 Indian Wells SF: Wozniacki won 6-1 6-2
2011 Rome SF: Maria won 7-5 6-3
2012 Miami SF: Maria won 4-6 6-2 6-4
2013 Indian Wells F: Maria won 6-2 6-2