Maria is into the quarters of the Australian Open in Melbourne after she defeated Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-1 6-0 in 67 minutes.
This is Maria’s sixth appearance at this stage of the event. Maria previously reached this stage or better in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012.
Although Maria lost only one game in the first set, the set took 43 minutes as there were some long deuce games. Flipkens won the first game of the match and Maria then won six straight games and won the set when Flipkens slice backhand floated long.
The run continued in the second set as Maria didn’t drop a game. At 40-Ad on Flipkens serve in the final game Maria hit a forehand down the line winner to book her place in the quarter-final.
In Tuesday’s quarter-final match, Maria will be up against No.19 seed Ekaterina Makarova of Russia. Maria has played Makarova four times before and leads the series 4-0, here are the matches they have played against each other:
Madrid 2011 R2: Maria won 6-3 3-6 6-1
Rome 2011 R2: Maria won 6-1 6-1
Australian Open 2012 QF: Maria won 6-2 6-3
Miami 2012 R3: Maria won 6-4 7-6