The draw for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany has been released and Maria is seeded sixth and will face Lucie Safarova in the first round.
Maria has played the 27-year-old four times before and leads the series 3-1, here are the matches they have played against each other:
2010 Madrid R1: Safarova won 6-4 6-3
2012 Tokyo R3: Maria won 6-2 7-6
2013 Stuttgart R2: Maria won 6-4 6-7 6-3
2014 Miami R3: Maria won 6-4 6-7 6-2
The first seed Maria can meet is Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in the quarters.
Stuttgart is Maria’s first clay court tournament of 2014 and she is the two-time defending champion and is unbeaten on the indoor clay courts there.