I don't think its that bad Can't ask for anything better when you're ranked 39 in the world, could have been A LOT worse.
Maria playing well can beat Both Bondarenko and Pennetta, according to her she feels like shes on the right way so its only a matter of time before she gets the results. It's a good draw just gotta win her first round match. She leads Pennetta 2-0 in the H2H both times beat her with ease and Flavia isn't having the best year so far.
Flavia needed multiple chokes from Ana to make it a competitive match, which, granted, Maria is hardly a rock mentally, but Flavia is one of the better seeds Maria could have drawn all things considering. Good luck, Maria.
1st she needs to beat Bondarenko and then we will see...That's not a bad draw,it could have been worse. Kata uses to make a lot of mistakes,so it will help Maria more than playing a defensive player who only knows moonballs.
First two matches are not that bad. We shouldn't be looking further than that at this point anyways, Maria hasn't even won multiple matches this year. Ranked 39 in the world you don't get many options at great draws. She could have ended up with a much higher seed in the 2nd round like Cirstea drawing Ivanovic.