Maria started her 2013 Australian Open campaign in style as she didn’t drop a game in her first round match against Olga Puchkova of Russia. The match took 55 minutes.
This is the third time that Maria has won a match without dropping a game in a Grand Slam and looked in total control against the her compatriot.
After a shaky first service game, Maria holds her serve after facing two break points. From that point on, Maria was in total control and at 5-0 40-15, Puchkova hit a shot in the net as Maria won the set in 30 minutes. Maria`s form continued in the second set as she took the set in only 25 minutes and won the match when Puchkova’s forehand floated long.
In Wednesday’s second round match, Maria will play world No.92 Misaki Doi of Japan. Maria has never played the 21-year-old before.