Maria defeated No.17 seed Sloane Stephens of the United States to advance to the quarters of the French Open in Paris. Maria won 6-4 6-3 in an hour and 29 minutes to reach the last eight.
Maria got the first break of the set to lead 4-3 when Stephens hit a forehand wide. At 5-4 40-0 on Maria’s serve, Maria hit a forehand down the line winner to win the set 6-4 in 37 minutes.
In the first game of the second set, Maria broke Stephens but Stephens broke back in the next game. Maria took the decisive break of the set when Stephens hit a shot into the net to lead 3-2. At 5-3 40-15 on Stephens serve, Stephens hit a forehand long as Maria booked her seventh appearance at the quarter-final stage on the clay courts of Roland Garros.
In Wednesday’s quarter-final to be played on Chatrier at 2.00 PM local time, Maria will play No.18 seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia. Maria has played Jankovic eight times before and leads the series 7-1, here the matches they have played against each other:
2004 US Open R2: Maria won 6-0 6-7 6-1
2004 Beijing Quarter-Final: Maria won 5-2 ret.
2005 Birmingham Final: Maria won 6-2 4-6 6-1
2007 Birmingham Final: Jankovic won 4-6 6-3 7-5
2008 Australian Open Semi-Final: Maria won 6-3 6-1
2009 Tokyo Final: Maria won 5-2 ret.
2011 Cincinnati Final: Maria won 4-6 7-6 6-3
2013 Miami Semi-Final: Maria won 6-2 6-1