Maria through to last 16 in Paris

Maria is through to the fourth round of the French Open in Paris after she defeated Zheng Jie of China. Maria won 6-1 7-5 in an hour and 45 minutes.

The first set took 35 minutes as Maria dropped only one game and won the set when Jie hit a shot long.

In the second set, Jie took a 4-1 lead. Maria won three straight games to level the set 4-4 but was broken in her next service game. Maria regained the momentum that she had earlier and won three consecutive games to advance to the last 16.

In Monday’s fourth round match that is scheduled to be played fourth match on Chatrier (OOP begins at 11.00 AM local time) Maria will play No.17 seed Sloane Stephens of the United States. Maria has played the 20-year-old twice before and leads the series 2-0, here are the matches they have played against each other:
Miami 2012 R3: Maria won 6-4 6-2
Rome 2013 R3: Maria won 6-2 6-1