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23
Jan
12

Makarova ousts Serena and will face face Sharapova in the quarter final.

Serena_Williams at the Australian_Open

Serena Williams became the most high-profile casualty at the Australian Open so far after suffering a shock last-16 defeat by unseeded Ekaterina Makarova. he 13-time major champion – a five-time winner at Melbourne Park – made 37 unforced errors as 56th-ranked Makarova won 6-2 6-3 in 82 minutes. “I don’t know what to say. It’s an amazing feeling,” said Makarova. In her first Grand Slam quarter-final, the Russian will play compatriot Maria Sharapova, who beat Sabine Lisicki. Sharapova came from behind to beat her German opponent 6-3 2-6 3-6. The 2008 champion, 24, won the opening three games before Lisicki reeled off the next six games to secure the first set. But Sharapova fought back in the second set and then scrapped tooth and nail in the third game of the third set to hold serve before breaking 14th seed Lisicki in the sixth. “I had lots of ups and downs so I was fortunate to finish on a high note,” said the number four seed. “I’m happy that although I didn’t play my best tennis I hung in there.” The result means Sharapova retains a chance of finishing the Australian Open as world number one. Current incumbent Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka, who are also all in the last eight, can also claim the number one spot.

For Williams though, her 17-match Australian Open winning streak was brought to an abrupt end. The American, seeded 12th after an injury-hit 18 months, and absent from last year’s tournament, had not lost in Melbourne since a defeat by Jelena Jankovic in 2008. It was was her first loss to a player ranked outside the world’s top 50 in three years and only the third time since 2006 she had lost before the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam. A lack of match fitness seemed to catch up with Williams in the blistering heat and she was second best throughout as Makarova claimed a richly deserved victory. She broke for a 3-2 lead in the opening set and then again for 5-2 as Williams’s usually dominant serve faltered badly. Williams improved at the start of the second set as she claimed a 2-0 advantage, but Makarova broke back immediately and then moved 3-2 ahead when her opponent double-faulted a remarkable four times. The momentum remained with Makarova and despite squandering three match points, she came through on a fourth when Williams sent a tame backhand into the tramlines. “She is an unbelievable player and it is very tough to play her,” the Russian added. “It was tough – it is a big stadium and an unbelievable feeling. I am just happy.”

 

24
Jan
11

Clijsters marches on towards the final, but who will she meet?

Kim Clijsters completed the quarter-final line-up at the Australian Open, although she was made to struggle by Ekaterina Makarova. The Belgian third seed is the bookmakers’ favourite to go all the way and land her first title in Melbourne, but she encountered some stiff resistance from Makarova before finally edging through 7-6 (7/3) 6-2. “She is a tricky player and a left-hander – we don’t get them too often so you have to have a different mindset, especially with the returns,” said Clijsters. “She is a good player and it was a good match.”

Clijsters earned a quick break but was broken back immediately as Makarova levelled it up. US Open champion Clijsters threatened again at 6-5 by setting up two set points on the Russian’s serve, but could not land the killer blow as it ended up going to the tie-break. Her greater experience told in the breaker, however, as she upped the tempo to take the first set. The second was more straightforward as Makarova started to struggle. She was broken twice as Clijsters advanced to a meeting with Agnieszka Radwanska. Pole Radwanska moved into the quarters in Melbourne for the second time in her career thanks to a 7-5 3-6 7-5 victory over Shuai Peng.

18
Jan
11

“I thought it was tough match,” said Ana. “She played extremely well. She didn’t give me much.”

Ana Ivanovic was upset 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 by world No.49 Ekatarina Makarova in the first round of the Australian Open in Melbourne. The nail-biting contest lasted almost three hours as the 23-year-old saved five match points before falling to an emotional defeat. Both players hit with fantastic depth from the very beginning, with the winners were mounting on both sides. Ana, a former finalist in Melbourne, was serving very well and was often rewarded with an easy ball to put away with her second stroke. The 19th seed was solid throughout the first set, hitting 16 winners and just seven unforced errors. She clinched the set in just 31 minutes, after a break to love in the fourth game, and without facing a break point herself. Ana held leads of 15-40 on Makarova’s serve in games one and three of the second set but, after she could not capitalize, her confidence appeared to dip and she became more passive.

It was Makarova who scored the first break of the set to take a 3-1 lead. Ana recovered from this break, but the Russian took the set when Ana netted an easy smash while facing break point in the tenth game. Similarly to the previous set, Ana immediately gathered some break chances and this time, she could make the break. However, the Russian showed fantastic defensive skills, taking control in the long rallies and reeling off three games in a row, twisting the 1-3 arrears into a 4-3 lead. Ana fought back from a perilous 0-40 scoreline in the following game, completing a crucial hold to level at 4-4 in the decider. At 4-5, Ana was trailing 0-40 on her serve and she had to save three match points. The first vanished thanks to an ace, while Ana produced one of her best ever second serves to prevent the second, while she fearlessly hit a winner in order to save the third. Ana saved another two late on, but the Russian continued to pull out wonderful strikes and she claimed the match, eventually converting her sixth match point.

23
Jun
10

Henin & Clijsters advance to a round of 16 encounter.

Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters moved a step closer to a last-16 meeting at Wimbledon after both won their second-round matches on Wednesday.

US Open champion Clijsters eased past Karolina Sprem 6-3 6-2 on Court One.

Fellow Belgian Henin saw off the challenge of Germany’s Kristina Barrois 6-3 7-5, but did not have it all her own way on Court Two.

The 17th seed was pegged back from 5-1 to 5-5 in the second set before recovering her poise.

Both Henin and Clijsters have highlighted their lack of a Wimbledon title as motivation for ending their retirement.

Clijsters, 27, began playing again in August last year and won the US Open for a second time in only her third tournament.

Venus Williams had no trouble defeating last week’s Eastbourne winner Ekaterina Markarova 6-0, 6-4.

21
Jun
10

Venus turns 30 but hasn’t lost a step…..

“Everything was pretty straightforward,” Williams said. “I’ve been practicing on grass since Wednesday, so I had a good feel for it. I was ready to go for it.”

Williams, who made headlines around the world in Paris with her ‘illusion’ dress, wore another unique design Monday, though nowhere near as eyebrow-raising.

“Here it’s all about white. There’s no illusion this time,” Williams said. “My dress was inspired by Tina Turner. She’s an amazing, amazing artist. She’s a survivor – she reinvented herself. Plus she looks great. I’ve loved her forever.”

Next up for Williams is Ekaterina Makarova, a 64 76(2) winner over Agnes Szavay. Makarova is fresh off her first title at Eastbourne last week – so she has built momentum on grass. They will be playing for the first time.

19
Jun
10

Makarova wins her first WTA title without dropping a set.

Ekaterina Makarova defeated Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (5), 6-4 at the Eastbourne International grass-court event Saturday to win her first career title.

The 22-year-old Russian became the first unseeded champion at Eastbourne since American Chanda Rubin in 2002, and is the first qualifier to win the title.

Azarenka struggled from the start and appeared to be carrying an injury, but refused to reveal what it was.

“It’s my problem, I’ll keep it to myself,” Azarenka said. “I still have to treat it and I don’t want to put it out there. It’s not a big thing.”

The hobbled 20-year old from Belarus sank to her knees after Makarova hit a winning return to break for 2-0. While Azarenka was moving gingerly at times, she competed throughout, holding a break point at 2-0 and another at 4-2 before forcing a backhand error to break in the ninth game as Makarova failed to serve out the set.

Makarova also faced two break points at 5-5 before taking the tiebreaker.

Leading 2-1 in the second set, Azarenka called for her coach and appeared close to tears. She went on to concede her serve at 2-2 when she made a forehand error.

Makarova, who saved 10 of 11 break points in the match, fought off four break points to hold for 4-2 and two more at 4-3 before claiming victory.

Makarova is the first qualifier to win a title since Alexandra Dulgheru in Warsaw last year.

18
Jun
10

Finalists set for Eastbourne’s Aegon International.

Russian qualifier Ekaterina Makarova stunned French Open finalist Samantha Stosur 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 Friday to knock the Australian out in the semi-finals of the Eastbourne International.

The number 100 outsider played well above her level as she put out the third seed ranked 93 places above her.

Makarova, 22, from Moscow, will face Victoria Azarenka, who eliminated 2005 champion Kim Clijsters in the quarter-finals at Devonshire Park, and won her semi final match with Marion Bartoli 6-4, 7-5.

Makarova will be bidding to finally win a title after being beaten twice on clay last season, by Yanina Wickmayer in Estoril and by Anabel Medina Garrigues in Fez.

The Australian will still move into a career-best ranking of sixth on Monday in time for the start of Wimbledon, where the sixth seed begins in the first round against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.

Makarova was the first Eastbourne qualifier to reach the final since Vera Dushevina managed in 2005, where she lost to Clijsters.

The Russian has already assured herself of a Top 90 ranking with number 75 possible if she should win the grass title Saturday.




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