The draw for the Sony Open Tennis in Miami has been released and Maria is seeded No.3 and has a bye in the first round.
In the second round, Maria will play either Eugenie Bouchard of Canada or a qualifier. Maria has never played Bouchard before. This match will be played on Thursday or Friday.
The first seed Maria can meet is No.29 seed Elena Vesnina of Russia in the third round.
Miami is the second of four premier mandatory events and is played on hardcourts.
Maria has played Miami seven times before and her best result was reaching the final in 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2012.