Maria wins first match in Wuhan

Maria is through to the third round of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open in Wuhan, China after she defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia. Maria won 3-6 6-2 6-2 in two hours and nine minutes.

Under the lights, Maria overcame a tough opponent in the last match of the day in one of the newest events on the 2014 calendar.

Kuznetsova won the first set 6-3 and the momentum switched to Maria’s side of the court in the second set as she broke three times throughout the set as she won the second set 6-2. Maria kept up her form in the third set as she won the set 6-2 and won match point when Kuznetsova hit a shot wide.

In Wednesday’s third round match, Maria will play either No.13 seed Ekaterina Makarova of Russia or Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland.