The draw for the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year at the US Open in New York has been released and Maria is seeded fifth.
In the first round, Maria will play world no.113 Maria Kirilenko of Russia in the first round. Maria has played the 27-year-old seven times before and leads the series 5-2, here are the matches they have played against each other:
2005 Los Angeles R2: Maria won 7-6 6-2
2005 Beijing SF: Kirilenko won 6-4 2-1 ret.
2006 Miami R4: Maria won 3-6 6-4 6-1
2010 Australian Open R1: Kirilenko won 7-6 3-6 6-4
2012 Indian Wells QF: Maria won 3-6 7-5 6-2
2012 Olympics SF: Maria won 6-2 6-3
2013 Indian Wells SF: Maria won 6-4 6-3
This match will be played on Monday or Tuesday.
The first seed Maria can meet is no.26 seed Sabine Lisicki of Germany in the third round.
Maria is making her tenth appearance at the US Open and her best result was winning in 2006. Maria didn’t play last year due to injury.