Ekaterina Makarova

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Ekaterina Makarova
Екатерина Макарова
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Makarova at the 2013 French Open
Country  Russia
Residence Moscow, Russia
Born (1988-06-07) 7 June 1988 (age 26)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro October 2004
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es) Eugenia Maniokova
Anastasia Myskina
Prize money $5,413,601
Singles
Career record 322–215
Career titles 2 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 14 (15 September 2014)
Current ranking No. 14 (15 September 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (2012, 2013)
French Open 4R (2011)
Wimbledon QF (2014)
US Open SF (2014)
Doubles
Career record 226–132
Career titles 5 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest ranking No. 4 (8 July 2013)
Current ranking No. 6 (8 September 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (2014)
French Open W (2013)
Wimbledon QF (2008, 2009, 2012)
US Open W (2014)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open F (2010)
French Open QF (2011)
Wimbledon 2R (2010, 2012)
US Open W (2012)
Last updated on: 8 September 2014.
Ekaterina Makarova
Medal record
Competitor for  Russia
Women's Tennis
Universiade
Gold 2009 Belgrade Doubles

Ekaterina Valeryevna Makarova[1] (Russian: Екатери́на Вале́рьевна Мака́рова; born on 7 June 1988) is a Russian professional tennis player. She achieved her career high ranking of number 15 on 8 September 2014. Makarova is a three-time Grand Slam champion in doubles competition, having won the 2012 US Open mixed doubles tournament with Bruno Soares, and the 2013 French Open and the 2014 US Open with Elena Vesnina.

Early life[edit]

Ekaterina Valeryevna Makarova was born to Valery and Olga in Moscow, Soviet Union. Her father is a banker and her mother a housewife. At age five or six she was sent by her parents to the Luzhniki per the recommendation of friends.[2][3]

Career[edit]

2003–2005[edit]

In her first professional tournament in Elektrostal as a wildcard, she reached the quarter-finals losing to Olga Savchuk. At her last tournament of 2003 in Zhukovsky, Russia, she lost in the first round. She then played in Cairo, Egypt, reaching the second round as a qualifying. At Antalya, Turkey, she won her career first title over Kateryna Avdiyenko. Appearing at Felixstowe, Great Britain, she lost in the first round. At Târgu Mureş, Romania, Makarova claimed her second $10,000 title without dropping a set, defeating Simona Matei in the finals. In Moscow as a wildcard in the qualifier, she earned her first top 100 victory over Tatiana Perebiynis and Marta Domachowska, but lost to compatriot Anna Chakvetadze.

At Redbridge, Makarova lost to Baltacha in the semifinals. In the next tournament she again reached semifinals, at St. Petersburg, in which she lost to her compatriot Ekaterina Bychkova. Bychkov beat her in the semifinal at the tournament in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France. In the second round of qualifying for the US Open losing to Indian Shikha Uberoi. Her next tournaments were fruitless, often reaching first rounds or losing in qualifications. The last tournament she would play that year would be in Dubai, where as a wildcard lost in the first round to Yaroslava Shvedova in two sets.

2006–2007[edit]

Her first tournament in 2006 was at Ortesei, in which as a qualifier she lost to Eva Birnerová in the first round. At Torrent, Valencia, Spain, she reached the finals, eventually losing to Romina Oprandi. At an ITF event in Moscow she reached the finals defeating Vesna Manasieva in the quarter-finals and Anna Lapushchenkova in the semi-finals, before falling to Evgeniya Rodina.

Makarova began her 2007 season losing to Olga Blahotová, at Tampa, Florida. In Moscow she won the title with victories over Evgenia Grenbenyuk, and Evgeniya Rodina in the final. Makarova entered the qualifying draw for the French Open defeating Erika Takao but was defeated again by Ioana Raluca Olaru. Then, in Zagreb, she reached the semifinals, before losing to Kyra Nagy. Makarova then lost in qualifying for the Wimbledon Championships to Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová after defeating Lilia Osterloh. Makarova qualified for her first Grand Slam main draw at the 2007 US Open, in the main draw she defeated Julia Schruff and Ai Sugiyama,[4] but lost to reigning world number 1 and eventual champion Justine Henin in straight sets. In her last tournament of the year in Minsk, she reached the second round, losing to Ekaterina Dzehalevich.

2008[edit]

Makarova began the year by losing in the qualifying round of 2008 Medibank International. She earned her first win over a top 20 at the 2008 Australian Open, where she overcame no. 19 Ágnes Szávay. 14th seed Nadia Petrova hindered her way to the fourth round. In the opening season Makarova had a number of second round achievements, such as at the 2008 French Open. Makarova suffered consecutive first round loses in 2008 Wimbledon, 2008 Banka Koper Slovenia Open, 2008 Nordea Nordic Light Open and 2008 Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open. At the 2008 US Open she earned her first top ten win over world no. 9 Anna Chakvetadze, until falling to Li Na.

2009[edit]

Ekaterina Makarova at the 2009 French Open.

Makarova started the 2009 season with early losses in the first rounds of the 2009 Medibank International Sydney, the 2009 Open GDF Suez, and the 2009 Dubai Tennis Championships, and the second rounds of the 2009 Australian Open and the 2009 BNP Paribas Open. She reached her first WTA final in the 2009 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem with a win over Alisa Kleybanova and, without dropping a set leading up to the finals, she lost in a one-sided final to Anabel Medina Garrigues. She also reached the final of the 2009 Estoril Open defeating Maria Kirilenko and Anna-Lena Grönefeld en route but losing to Yanina Wickmayer.

Makarova suffered first match losses in the 2009 French Open and the 2009 Aegon Classic. She reached second rounds at 2009 Wimbledon, the 2009 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, and the 2009 LA Women's Tennis Championships, until enduring a 7-match losing streak spanning the 2009 Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open, the 2009 Rogers Cup, the 2009 Pilot Pen Tennis, the 2009 US Open, the 2009 Hansol Korea Open, and the 2009 Toray Pan Pacific Open. She finally broke her losing streak at the 2009 China Open by defeating Shahar Pe'er before losing to Serena Williams. In her last tournament of the year, she lost in the first round to Lucie Šafářová in the 2009 Kremlin Cup.

2010 : First WTA title[edit]

Ekaterina Makarova at the 2010 US Open

In 2010 Makarova continued her bad form in 2009, as she suffered first round loses in 2010 Brisbane International and 2010 Moorilla Hobart International. In the 2010 Australian Open she lost to Sara Errani after defeating Virginie Razzano. She then failed to qualify in the 2010 Open GDF Suez and lost in the first round of 2010 Dubai Tennis Championships as a qualifier. She also lost in the first round of 2010 BNP Paribas Open and the 2010 French Open, and the second round of 2010 Sony Ericsson Open. At the 2010 Aegon International qualifier Makarova made it to the final without dropping a set. She triumphed over Victoria Azarenka in the final to earn her first WTA tour title. Makarova defeated 5 top 20 players in the tournament, emerging victorious over #11 Flavia Pennetta, #13 Nadia Petrova, #20 Svetlana Kuznetsova, #7 Samantha Stosur, and #15 Victoria Azarenka. Makarova then made it to the second round at Wimbledon, but was beaten by 2nd seed Venus Williams. In the 2010 US Open, she was defeated by Ana Ivanovic in the first round.

2011[edit]

Makarova caused an upset in the first round of the Australian Open when she defeated 19th seed Ana Ivanovic. It took three sets and 2 hours and 47 minutes.[5] She then went on to defeat qualifier Lesia Tsurenko, and caused another upset by beating 13th seed Nadia Petrova. Makarova's career-best run at a Grand Slam tournament was ended in the fourth round by 3rd seed and champion Kim Clijsters. At the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Makarova upset defending champion María José Martínez Sánchez in the first round, but lost to eventual champion Maria Sharapova. Makarova would reach the fourth round of the 2011 French Open before losing to 4th seed Victoria Azarenka. She lost her openers at Wimbledon and the US Open to Christina McHale and Maria Kirilenko respectively.

2012: Breakthrough[edit]

Makarova started her year at the 2012 Apia International Sydney where she qualified. She faced Li Na in the first round and lost. Then at the 2012 Australian Open in the second round, she defeated 25th seed Kaia Kanepi.In the third round, she defeated 7th seed Vera Zvonareva. In the Round of 16, she defeated 13-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams to advance to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal of her career. There she faced 4th seed and former champion Maria Sharapova and was defeated by the eventual finalist. Makarova lost in the second round at Indian Wells to Caroline Wozniacki after defeating American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the opening round. She did well at Miami by reaching the 4th round where she lost to Sharapova again.

Makarova defeated 16th seed Maria Kirilenko at the 2012 Mutua Madrid Open in the second round before losing to Lucie Hradecka in the third round. At Rome, she defeated Francesca Schiavone before losing to Venus Williams in the second round. At the 2012 French Open, she lost to Sloane Stephens in the first round.

The following week, she reached the semi-finals of the 2012 Aegon Classic, losing to Melanie Oudin.[6] She reached the quarterfinals at Eastbourne but lost to Angelique Kerber. At Wimbledon, she defeated Alberta Brianti in the first round. She lost to Kerber in the second round.

Makarova reached the third round at the 2012 Western & Southern Open after recording victories over Nadia Petrova and Anna Tatishvili before losing to Samantha Stosur. At the US Open, Makarova lost to Serena Williams in the 3rd round. She partnered Brazilian Bruno Soares to win the mixed doubles competition, defeating Kveta Peschke and Marcin Matkowski in three sets in the final. It was her first grand slam title of any kind. After that, she reached the semifinals at Seoul where she lost to eventual champion Caroline Wozniacki.

At the China Open, Makarova defeated Kirilenko again in the first round but lost to Polona Hercog next. In the doubles event, she teamed up with Elena Vesnina and won defeating Nuria Llagostera Vives and Sania Mirza in the final. She lost to Dominika Cibulkova in the first round at the Kremlin Cup.

2013: Doubles success[edit]

At Sydney, she defeated Varvara Lepchenko in the first round before succumbing to Dominika Cibulkova. She reached her second consecutive quarterfinal at the Australian Open, recording victories over Marion Bartoli and Angelique Kerber. She then lost to Maria Sharapova again. At Doha, Makrova retired against Petra Kvitova in the second round.

Makarova lost her openers at Indian Wells and Miami after receiving first round byes to Garbine Muguruza and Svetlana Kuznetsova respectively. She partnered Elena Vesnina in the doubles event at Indian Wells and won defeating Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik in the final. She fell to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first round at 2013 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix as well. At the Mutua Madrid Open, Makarova caused an upset in the second round when she defeated world number three Victoria Azarenka (after winning only one game in the first set), ending the Belarusian's 18-match winning streak to start the season in the process.[7] She reached the quarter-finals after defeating Marion Bartoli, where she lost to seventh seed Sara Errani in straight sets. At the 2013 French Open, she lost her opening match to fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova. She teamed up with Vesnina in doubles, winning the French Open doubles title.

Makarova lost her opener at Birmingham to Marina Erakovic after having a first round bye but reached the quarterfinals at the 2013 Aegon International where she lost to Caroline Wozniacki. At Wimbledon, Makarova reached the third round, she lost to Petra Kvitova in three sets.

During the US Open Series, she reached the semifinals at the 2013 Citi Open where she lost to eventual champion Magdalena Rybarikova. She reached the second round at Toronto and Cincinnati, losing to Roberta Vinci and Jelena Jankovic respectively. The week before the US Open, she reached the quarterfinals at New Haven, losing to eventual champion Simona Halep. At the 2013 US Open, she defeated third seed Agnieszka Radwańska in the fourth round to reach her third career Grand Slam quarter-final, and first at the US Open.[8] She subsequently lost to fifth seed Li Na in three sets.[9]

2014: Second WTA title, first Major singles semifinal[edit]

Makarova began 2014 at the Apia International, where she caused an upset by defeating 4th seed Jelena Jankovic in the first round. She lost to Carla Suarez Navarro in the next round. Then, she reached the fourth round of the 2014 Australian Open for the third consecutive time but lost to eventual champion Li Na. In the doubles event, she and Elena Vesnina reached the final, where they lost to Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. Makarova won her second title at the 2014 PTT Pattaya Open by defeating Czech Karolina Pliskova. In Dubai, she beat Alisa Kleybanova in the opening round. She then lost to world no. 1 Serena Williams.

She reached the third round at 2014 BNP Paribas Open where she lost to Dominika Cibulkova. In Miami, she defeated Sara Errani in the third round but lost to Angelique Kerber in three sets in the fourth round. Makarova lost her openers at Stuttgart and Madrid to Suarez Navarro and Caroline Wozniacki respectively. In Rome, she defeated Roberta Vinci in the first round but lost to Errani in the following round. Makarova reached the third round at Roland Garros where she lost to Sloane Stephens.

During the grass court swing, Makarova defeated Francesca Schiavone and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to book her place in the quarterfinals at the 2014 Aegon International. She then lost to Angelique Kerber. Makarova's good form continued at Wimbledon when she reached her 4th grand slam quarterfinal after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round. There, she succumbed to Lucie Safarova in straight sets.

Makarova reached for the first time the semifinals of a Premier 5 tournament, the 2014 Rogers Cup, in singles. On the way she beat her doubles partner Vesnina in the second round and 2nd seed Petra Kvitova. She was stopped by Agnieszka Radwańska in a close match, losing two tiebreaks.[10] In the doubles she and Vesnina were beat with difficulty in the quarterfinals by Hsieh/Shuai.

Makarova reached her first Grand Slam singles semifinal at the 2014 US Open. Following a win over Eugenie Bouchard in the fourth round, she defeated Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinal, but was defeated by first seeded Serena Williams; this was the only match in the tournament in which she lost at least one set. However, she and Elena Vesnina won the doubles championship, marking her third Grand Slam doubles title.[11]

Playing style[edit]

Makarova practicing at the 2014 Rome Masters.

Makarova is an all-court player who uses power and angles to set up passing shots.[12][13]

She is noted for her left-handed slice serve, often used to stretch opponents into uncomfortable positions. She attacks the return by shifting her wrist to disguise the direction of her forehand, or by hitting deep and aggressively with her backhand.[12][14] She will usually seek to end the rally by maneuvering an opponent around the court and hitting a winner near the sidelines.[13]

Makarova hits powerfully on both wings, and is largely known for her aggressive groundstrokes.[15] Journalists have noted her cross-court forehand, describing it as a powerful finishing shot.[14] In an article from WTATennis.com, her backhand was labeled "devastatingly good".[16] Similarly, Richard Pagliaro of Tennis.com has noted her "bold" backhand as a primary strength.[14]

Being a left-handed player, she is particularly comfortable hitting backhands in the deuce court, with several of her winners coming from that side. During the 2014 Rogers Cup, Agnieszka Radwańska repeatedly targeted Makarova's forehand in the ad court, occasionally exposing it as a vulnerability.[16] Makarova will sometimes counter this tactic by running around forehands on the ad side. Many of her forehand winners are hit down the line.[16]

When returning first serves, Makarova often makes a series of quick stomps in place before blocking the shot back across the net; she attacks second serves by moving inside the baseline and hitting the ball at an angle.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Singles[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 3R 2R 2R 4R QF QF 4R 0 / 7 18–7
French Open LQ 2R 1R 1R 4R 1R 1R 3R 0 / 7 6–7
Wimbledon LQ 1R 2R 2R 1R 2R 3R QF 0 / 7 9–7
US Open 3R 3R 1R 1R 1R 3R QF SF 0 / 8 15–8
Win–Loss 2–1 5–4 2–4 2–4 6–4 7–4 10–4 14–4 0–29 42–27

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Australian Open A A 2R 2R 1R QF SF F 0 / 6 14–6
French Open A 2R 2R 2R 1R QF W 2R 1 / 7 14–7
Wimbledon A QF QF 2R 3R QF 3R 3R 0 / 7 17–7
US Open A 2R SF 2R 3R 3R QF W 1 / 7 19–6
Win–Loss 0–0 5–3 9–4 4–4 4–4 11–4 15–3 14–3 2 / 25 64–26

Mixed[edit]

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Australian Open A F A A A A 0 / 1 4–1
French Open A 1R QF A A A 0 / 1 2–2
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 2R A A 0 / 4 2–4
US Open A A A W A A 1 / 1 5–0
Win–Loss 0–1 5–3 2–2 6–1 0–0 0–0 1 / 6 13–7

Grand Slam[edit]

Doubles: 3 (2–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2013 French Open Clay Russia Elena Vesnina Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 2014 Australian Open Hard Russia Elena Vesnina Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
4–6, 6–3, 5–7
Winner 2014 US Open Hard Russia Elena Vesnina Switzerland Martina Hingis
Italy Flavia Pennetta
2–6, 6–3, 6–2

Mixed doubles: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2010 Australian Open Hard Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinský Zimbabwe Cara Black
India Leander Paes
5–7, 3–6
Winner 2012 US Open Hard Brazil Bruno Soares Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Poland Marcin Matkowski
6–7(8–10), 6–1, [12–10]

Awards[edit]

2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Екатерина Валерьевна Макарова" [Ekaterina Valeryevna Makarova] (in Russian). Gazeta.ru. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Valeria Li (3 September 2014). "«Я большая патриотка». Макарова – в полуфинале US Open" ["I'm A Great Patriot". Makarova Reached US Open Semifinals] (in Russian). sports.ru. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Anastasia Grishchenko (25 September 2008). "Теннисистка Екатерина Макарова: «Я большая фанатка Федерера»" [Tennis Player Ekaterina Makarova: "I'm A Great Fan of Federer"] (in Russian). New Tidings. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Japanese veteran Sugiyama loses to Russian teenager
  5. ^ "Ivanovic blames injury". Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Ekaterina Makarova". Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  7. ^ A fuming Victoria Azarenka crashes out of the Mutua Madrid Open after loss to Ekaterina Makarova, ESPN.co.uk, 8 May 2013
  8. ^ US Open: Serena Williams beats Sloane Stephens to advance, Radwanska upset as Li Na wins through, ABC Grandstand Sport, 2 September 2013
  9. ^ U.S. Open: Li Na beats Ekaterina Makarova; Serena Williams could be next, latimes.com, 3 September 2013
  10. ^ Dave Kaufman (9 August 2014). "Radwanska squeaks by Makarova, will face Venus in final". QMI Agency. Toronto Sun. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "2014 Results". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Pagliaro, Richard (18 February 2014). "Dubai: S. Williams d. Makarova". Tennis.com. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  13. ^ a b McDonald, Margie (24 January 2012). "No serenity as Russian dethrones the Open's queen Serena Williams". The Australian. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c d Pagliaro, Richard (23 January 2012). "Australian Open: Makarova d. Williams". Tennis.com. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  15. ^ Tran, Khoa (9 August 2014). "Radwanska to play in Rogers Cup final". Front Page News. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c O'Shannessy, Craig (9 August 2014). "Brain Game: Radwanska Vs Makarova". WTATennis.com. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Екатерина Макарова и Елена Веснина получили премию "Русский Кубок" в номинации "Дуэт года"". GoTennis. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "WTA Awards". WTA. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
United States Serena Williams &
United States Venus Williams
WTA Fan Favorite Doubles Team of the Year
(with Russia Elena Vesnina)

2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent