Maria into Cincinnati last 16

Maria is into the third round at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati after she defeated Madison Keys of the United States. Maria won 6-1 3-6 6-3 in an hour and 56 minutes.

After saving a break point in the first game of the match, Maria broke Keys serve in the next game to lead 2-0. Maria got another break to lead 4-0 and dropped only one game throughout the set as Keys hit a shot long on set point as Maria won the set 6-1 in 34 minutes.

In the second set, Keys broke Maria twice to lead 4-2 and wrapped up the set 6-3.

Maria took control of the match in the second game of the final set as she broke to lead 2-0 with a forehand winner and the one break proved to be decisive as Maria won the set 6-3 to book her spot in the last 16.

In Thursday’s third round match, Maria will play either Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia or Karin Knapp of Italy.