Maria has recorded her third straight win over Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan to advance to the semis of the Shenzhen Open in Shenzhen, China.
The match took an hour and 29 minutes as Maria won 6-3 6-3 over the 24-year-old.
One break of serve was enough for Maria to take the first set over Diyas as she won 6-3 in 50 minutes.
Maria got an early break of serve in the second set to lead 2-1 but Diyas broke to get the set back on serve. Maria got the momentum back in the seventh game as she broke to lead 4-3 and didn’t look back as she won the next two games to book her spot in the last four.
After the match, Maria said:
“I’m glad that I ended up being the winner of the match. I didn’t play my best tennis and there’s certainly a lot of things to improve on in the next. The great thing is that I’m through and have another chance to play tomorrow.”
“I feel like I’m having a nice little tour of China; it’s my fourth Chinese city in a few months. It’s obviously been a great welcome here. It took many years for me to play this event but I’m really glad that I did.”
In Friday’s semi-final to be played at 4.00 PM local time, Maria will play no.6 seed Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic. Maria has never played the 21-year-old before.