Maria’s match at the Kooyong Classic against German Laura Siegemund was stopped because of heavy smoke blanketing Melbourne.
The score was 6-7 5-5 when play was cancelled.
After the match, Maria said:
“I started feeling a cough coming toward the end of the second set but I’ve been sick for a few weeks so I thought that had something to do with it. But then I heard Laura speak to the umpire and she said she was struggling with it as well. We were out there for over two hours so from a health stand point it’s the right call from officials.”