Maria is through to the Wimbledon quarters for the fifth time in her career after she defeated world No.34 Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 6-4 6-4 in an hour and 37 minutes.
On Wimbledon’s Court 1, Maria got the first break of the first set when she hit a backhand winner to lead 3-1. At 5-2, Diyas won two straight games to get the set back on serve but Maria broke the 21-year-old’s serve again to take the set 6-4 in 51 minutes.
Diyas broke Maria in the third game of the second set and took a 3-1 lead. In the sixth game, a backhand error by Diyas gave Maria the break to level the set 3-3. At 5-4 on Diyas serve, Maria broke serve and needed just one match point to book her spot in the last eight.
In Tuesday’s quarter-final, Maria will play world No.47 Coco Vandeweghe of the United States. Maria has never played the 23-year-old before. This match will be played on Centre Court and will begin at 1.00 PM.