Maria has been knocked out of the Australian Open at the semi-final stage by No.6 seed Li Na of China. Maria lost 2-6 2-6 in an hour and 33 minutes.
In hot conditions, Li Na took a 4-1 lead in the first set and lost only one more game as she wrapped up the set 6-2 in 48 minutes. Li Na again took a 4-1 lead in the second set and lost one more game in the set as she played her way into her second Australian Open final.
Maria’s next tournament will be Qatar Total Open in Doha, Qatar which begins on February 11th.