The draw for the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, Italy has been released and Maria has been drawn to play world No.45 Christina McHale of the United States in the first round.
Maria has played the 25-year-old four times before and leads the series 2-0. Here are the matches they have played against each other:
2009 US Open R2: Maria won 6-2 6-1
2012 Rome R2: Maria won 7-5 7-5
2013 Madrid R2: Maria won 6-1 6-2
2014 Madrid R2: Maria won 6-1 4-6 6-4
This match will be played on Monday and is the second match on the schedule. The schedule of play starts at 12.00 PM local time (6.00 AM ET & 3.00 AM PT).
The first seed Maria can meet is No.16 seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia in the second round.
Maria will be making her ninth appearance in the Italian capital and has won the title three times, in 2011,2012 & 2015.