Maria is through to the second round of the China Open in Beijing after she defeated Simona Halep of Romania. Maria won 7-5 7-5 in an hour and 52 minutes.
On serve, Maria had a first serve percentage of 69% and won 62% of points on first serve and 56% on second serve. Maria broke Halep’s serve six times and won six of eight break points (75%). Maria had 33 winners to 39 unforced errors.
After the match, Maria said: “Certainly the scoreline was quite difficult, but I was up in those two sets. Well I think I have to go out there no matter what your ranking is or your opponent is. You have to try and win the match.”
Maria will face world No.29 Sorana Cirstea of Romania in the second round on Wednesday. Maria has never played the 22-year-old before.
In the rankings, Maria remains No.2 with 8515 points.