Maria and her partner, Clerico, are into the Podgorica SF. Maria, who's up to #219 in doubles, has won her last nine doubles matches and two tournaments ($25K Bad Saulgau with Clerico and $25K Sarajevo with Vrljic).
Keep going, Maria--perhaps this can develop into a WTA doubles career!
In the QF she plays unseeded Nowak (#418), which is definitely winnable. Unfortunately, it's hard to expect much from Maria. Twice this summer, she beat the #1 seed in R2 only to lose in the QF (Imola: beat #1 Chakhnashvili in straights, then lost to De Lattre; Les Contamines: destroyed Siegemund 61 61 then lost to Shinikova).
Maria is at her CH ranking in doubles (#181) this week. Congrats! She has worked hard over the past year and it's paying off.
And her good results continue. She and Hrdinova are into the SF of $50K Kansas City (32 pts). Unfortunately she's defending 40 pts this week so she won't reach a new CH ranking yet but she will if she wins her next match. That'll be against either KARATANTCHEVA/OPRANDI or SCHOLL/SOTNIKOVA (both unseeded teams). Good luck!