Melbourne, Australia
13-26 January 2014
Surface: Hardcourt/outdoors
* * Grand Slam * *

Rod Laver Arena

1st RND beat Bethanie Mattek – Sands USA 6-3 6-4
2nd RND beat Karin Knapp ITA 6-3 4-6 10-8
3rd RND beat Alize Cornet FRA 6-1 7-6
4th RND Dominika Cibulkova SVK

Posted on January 14, 2014

Geen problemen voor Maria in eerste ronde Australian Open.

“I knew I had a tough opponent ahead of me,” Maria Sharapova said. “Looking at her results in the last couple of weeks and last year and the matches that I’ve played against her, I knew that it was going to be a tough match. No matter what, I wanted to get through it, and that’s what it was about today.”

Maria was playing her first Grand Slam match since losing in the second round of Wimbledon last June. For one of the all-time Grand Slam greats – she is one of just 10 women to hold the Career Grand Slam – it was a special moment walking back out onto Rod Laver Arena for that return. “I was happy just to play out there today, despite the heat or anything,” the World No.3 commented.

“I’ve been out of the game for a while, so I was just happy to be back in that Grand Slam atmosphere.”

14 january 2014. Hoge temperaturen tijdens Maria’s eerste wedstrijd in Melbourne.