Maria is through to the quarters of the Mutua Madrid Open in Madrid, Spain after she defeated Samantha Stosur of Australia. Maria won 6-4 6-3 in 90 minutes.
For the first nine games of the first set, both Maria and Stosur held their serves comfortably as neither player faced a break point on their serve. At 5-4 40-30 on Stosur’s serve, Maria had the first break point of the set and converted it when Stosur hit a shot long to take the first set 6-4 in 39 minutes.
Maria got the first break of the second set to lead 4-2. In the next game, Stosur got the set back on serve by breaking Maria’s serve for the first time in the match. Maria broke Stosur’s serve again in game eight to serve for the match. In the final game of the match, Stosur netted a shot on match point as Maria booked her spot in the quarters.
In Friday’s quarter-final match, Maria will play No.2 seed Li Na of China. Maria leads the series 9-5. Here are the matches they have played against each other:
2005 Australian Open R3: Maria won 6-0 6-2
2006 Miami R2: Maria won 6-2 6-4
2006 Birmingham R3: Maria won 6-2 6-4
2006 US Open R4: Maria won 6-4 6-2
2009 Roland Garros R4: Maria won 6-4 0-6 6-4
2009 Birmingham SF: Li won 6-4 6-4
2010 Birmingham F: Li won 7-5 6-1
2011 Roland Garros SF: Li won 6-4 7-5
2011 WTA Championships RR: Li won 7-6 6-4
2012 Miami QF: Maria won 6-3 6-0
2012 Rome F: Maria won 4-6 6-4 7-6
2012 Beijing SF: Maria won 6-4 6-0
2013 Australian Open SF: Li won 6-2 6-2
2013 Stuttgart F: Maria won 6-4 6-3