Maria is into the quarters of the Brisbane International without hitting a ball as her opponent Ashleigh Barty of Australia had to withdraw with a left abductor tear.
In Thursday’s quarter-final match, Maria will play world no.30 Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. Maria has played the 28-year-old twice and leads the series 2-0. Here are the matches they have played against each other:
2012 French Open QF: Maria won 6-2 6-3
2013 Madrid QF: Maria won 6-2 6-4