Maria won her second match at the Brisbane International to advance to the semis in her first tournament since August. Maria defeated world no.30 Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 4-6 6-3 6-2 in exactly two hours.
After the dropping the first set against the Estonian, Maria took control of the match when she broke to lead 4-2 in the second set. All Maria had to do in the set was hold her serve and that is what she did and she won the set on a powerful backhand crosscourt winner.
The momentum continued in the third set as Maria broke Kanepi’s serve in the third game when Kanepi hit a shot out. Maria won four of the next five games and wrapped up victory with an ace on her second match point.
Maria will play no.1 seed Serena Williams of the United States on Friday in the second match of the night session. Maria has played Williams sixteen times before and trails the series 2-14, here are the matches they have played against each other:
2004 Miami R4: Williams won 6-4 6-3
2004 Wimbledon Final: Maria won 6-1 6-4
2004 WTA Championships Final: Maria won 4-6 6-2 6-4
2005 Australian Open Semi-Final: Williams won 2-6 7-5 8-6
2007 Australian Open Final: Williams won 6-1 6-2
2007 Miami R4: Williams won 6-1 6-1
2008 Charleston Quarter-Final: Williams won 7-5 4-6 6-1
2010 Wimbledon R4: Williams won 7-6 6-4
2011 Stanford Quarter-Final: Williams won 6-1 6-3
2012 Madrid Quarter-Final: Williams won 6-1 6-3
2012 Olympics Final: Williams won 6-0 6-1
2012 WTA Championships Semi-final: Williams won 6-4 6-3
2013 Doha Semi-final: Williams won 6-3 6-2
2013 Miami Final: Williams won 4-6 6-3 6-0
2013 Madrid Final: Williams won 6-1 6-4
2013 French Open Final: Williams won 6-4 6-4