Maria is one determined girl this year and on a real mission as it has just been confirmed that Maria will be playing both the upgraded to Tier 1 event in Doha, and then the following week the event in Dubai. Maria generally just plays the one of these first couple of years playing Doha and then instead choosing Dubai, but this year she's going for them both before having 10 days break before Indian Wells. Maria has big ranking points on offer this next couple of months as she missed both Middle East events last year with the shoulder injury and shouldn't have played either Indian Wells or Miami, going out before the quarters in both, with a very serious shoulder problem at the time.
After Fed Cup, Maria will play the following events: Qatar Total Open in Doha, Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships in Dubai, Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells and Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
Doha will begin on February 18th and Dubai will begin the week after. Maria didn't play either event last year and her best result in both was winning Doha in 2005 and reaching the final in Dubai in 2006.
Next will be the super Tier 1's at Indian Wells and Miami. Both events run for 2 weeks back to back and Indian Wells begins on March 12th. Maria's best results in both was winning Indian Wells in 2006 and reaching the final in Miami in 2005 and 2006.
Just can't wait until 20 days come and I'm already ticking the days off one by one with so much excitement and anticipation