Maria defeated No.16 seed Sloane Stephens 6-2 6-1 in 80 minutes to advance to the quarters of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, Italy.
The first set lasted 42 minutes as Maria got the first break of the set to lead 2-0 when Stephens hit a shot long. Stephens got the set back on serve by breaking Maria’s serve in the fifth game. At 3-2, Maria hit a backhand down the line winner to break Stephens again to lead 4-2. In the final game of the set, Maria hit a forehand crosscourt winner on her third set point to take the set 6-2. Maria continued her form in the second set and only dropped one game en route to the quarters.
In the quarters to be played on Friday at 7.30 PM local time, Maria will play No.7 seed Sara Errani of Italy. Maria has played Errani four times before and leads the series 4-0, here are the matches they have played against each other:
2012 Roland Garros Final: Maria won 6-3 6-2
2012 WTA Championships Round Robin: Maria won 6-3 6-2
2013 Indian Wells Quarter-final: Maria won 7-6 6-2
2013 Miami Quarter-final: Maria won 7-5 7-5