For the second time in 4 years, it was Maria vs Maria in the 1st Round of the Australian Open

Cue the Sound Of Music:

The Sound of Music was totally unrealistic…. Austrians speaking in perfect English accents

In the opening match of the Rod Laver Arena slate at the Australian Open for 2022, the viewing public of the galaxy encountered a Maria conundrum to rival the Sound of Music, as Women’s 5th seed Maria Sakkari played German Tatjana Maria.

Yes Channel 9, I know Maria Sakkari is playing, but who’s her opponent?

It didn’t dawn on me until Sakkari won the match, but I’d seen this Maria conundrum before, because I randomly took a photo of it when I saw the scoreboard on TV many moons ago….

Indeed, back in 2018, Tatjana Maria played Maria Sharapova in the 1st Round at Melbourne Park, and just for a laugh, the Channel 7 graphics team did the same damn thing the Nine team did:

“Yeah, but who’s playing Sharapova?”

It goes to show, how do you solve a problem like Maria?

Well, how do you catch a cloud and pin it down?

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