The draw for the Miami Open presented by Itaú in Miami has been released and Maria is seeded No.2 and has a bye in the first round.
In the second round, Maria will play either Daria Gavrilova of Russia or a qualifer. Maria has never played Gavrilova before.
The first seed Maria can meet is No.25 seed Caroline Garcia of France.
Maria has played Miami nine times before and her best result was reaching the final five times, in 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Miami is the final hard court event before the start of the clay season and is a premier mandatory event.