EKATERINA MAKAROVA NEWS

Second-seeded Makarova advances at Family Circle Cup

  Second-seeded Ekaterina Makarova knew she wouldn't be her sharpest with only a day to work on the Family Circle Cup's slower, clay-court surface. Makarova needed three sets to defeat Zhang Shuai of China 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 Wednesday and move into the round of 16. The 26-year-old Russian lost in the doubles final at the Miami Open on Sunday, giving her little time to adjust to the change...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

2nd-seeded Makarova advances at Family Circle Cup

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Second-seeded Ekaterina Makarova overcame a slow start in her first match on clay and defeated Shuai Zhang of China 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 at the Family Circle Cup on Wednesday. Makarova, ranked eighth in the world, lost the doubles final at the Miami Open last weekend and didn't get much time to practice on the slower clay surface. It showed. Makarova found herself...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Sharapova doesn't dream tennis

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Maria Sharapova has played at the Australian Open for 12 years, but she apparently still has some trouble with a strong Aussie accent. After beating Ekaterina Makarova on Thursday to set up a final against Serena Williams, she was asked by an Australian reporter how she deals with nerves the night before a big match. Sit in a room with music? Go for a walk...
Via AP on Fox
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Australian Open: Sharapova reaches final for 4th time

  Maria Sharapova has reached the Australian Open final for the fourth time, beating fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-2 in a lopsided semifinal on Thursday. The second-ranked Sharapova needed 10 minutes to hold in her opening service game, fending off two break points. She responded to the only service break against her in the first set by winning six straight games and...
Via AP on Fox
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Sharapova reaches Australian Open final for 4th time

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Maria Sharapova has reached the Australian Open final for the fourth time, beating fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-2 in a lopsided semifinal on Thursday. The second-ranked Sharapova needed 10 minutes to hold in her opening service game, fending off two break points. She responded to the only service break against her in the first set by winning...
Via AP on Fox
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

The phone call that turned Maria Sharapova's Australian Open around

MELBOURNE, Australia -- One phone call was all it took for Maria Sharapova to shake off whatever it was that almost ended her Australian Open. That call came early on in the tournament when the No. 2-ranked player came very, very close to losing in the second round to a lowly ranked qualifier. That was a bad day- she made 51 unforced errors, faced match point twice and clawed her...
Via AP on Fox
January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The phone call that turned around Sharapova's Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) One phone call was all it took for Maria Sharapova to shake off whatever it was that almost ended her Australian Open. That call came early on in the tournament when the No. 2-ranked player came very, very close to losing in the second round to a lowly ranked qualifier. That was a bad day- she made 51 unforced errors, faced match point twice and clawed...
Via AP on Fox
January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Ekaterina Makarova sprints into semifinals at Australian Open

  Ekaterina Makarova raced to a 3-0 lead in the first nine minutes of the match and beat third-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-0 in the first quarterfinal at the Australian Open on Tuesday. The win in just 68 minutes under cool, sunny skies at Melbourne Park advanced the Russian player to a semifinal against either Maria Sharapova or Eugenie Bouchard, who played the second match on Rod...
Via AP on Fox
January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Makarova 1st to Australian Open semifinals, beats Halep

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Ekaterina Makarova raced to a 3-0 lead in the first nine minutes of the match and beat third-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-0 in the first quarterfinal at the Australian Open on Tuesday. The win in just 68 minutes under cool, sunny skies at Melbourne Park advanced the Russian player to a semifinal against either Maria Sharapova or Eugenie Bouchard, who played...
Via AP on Fox
January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Halep through to Australian Open quarterfinals

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Simona Halep advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the second straight year with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium on Sunday The 23-year-old Romanian has moved through the first four rounds in Melbourne without dropping a set. Wickmayer, ranked 80th, had won the pair's two previous matches. No. 3-seeded Halep was the runner-up...
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January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Australian Open: Bouchard off to strong start in stellar first round

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Eugenie Bouchard's quest to match her stellar 2014 record in Grand Slam tournaments started on a positive note she beat Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany 6-2, 6-4 Monday in the first round of the Australian Open. Bouchard, who advanced to the semifinals at three majors last year and lost in the Wimbledon final, broke Friedsam's serve in the ninth game of the second...
Via AP on Fox
January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Australian Open Women’s Draw Analysis

The draws are out for the 2015 Australian Open. In both the women’s and men’s events, the first few days of the tournament offer the promise of a few main-event matches, which is not always something you get at a major. It can take time to stumble upon the kind of centerpiece which pushes other matches to the side at a major. That kind of event might not emerge until the second...
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January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Australian Open Women’s Draw Analysis

The draws are out for the 2015 Australian Open. In both the women’s and men’s events, the first few days of the tournament offer the promise of a few main-event matches, which is not always something you get at a major. It can take time to stumble upon the kind of centerpiece which pushes other matches to the side at a major. That kind of event might not emerge until the second...
Via Bloguin Best
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Top seed Makarova withdraws from Tournament of Champions

  Garbine Muguruza moved a step closer to the semifinals by beating favorite Flavia Pennetta of Italy 0-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the group stage at the season-ending WTA Tournament of Champions on Thursday. The seventh-seeded Spanish player, who broke serve five times and saved 10 of 13 break points on her own serve, is now the only undefeated player in her Serdika group. Muguruza will wrap...
Via AP on Fox
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Muguruza beats Makarova at Tournament of Champions

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) Garbine Muguruza's perfect serve helped her to a surprise 6-2, 6-1 victory over top-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in the group stage at the season-ending WTA Tournament of Champions on Wednesday. The WTA's rising star from Spain, who replaced the injured Samantha Stosur, needed just 69 minutes to cruise past the Russian favorite. ''She played very aggressive...
Via AP on Fox
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Muguruza beats Makarova at WTA Tournament of Champions

  Garbine Muguruza's perfect serve helped her to a surprise 6-2, 6-1 victory over top-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in the group stage at the season-ending WTA Tournament of Champions on Wednesday. The WTA's rising star from Spain, who replaced the injured Samantha Stosur, needed just 69 minutes to cruise past the Russian favorite. In the Sredets group, Andrea Petkovic of...
Via AP on Fox
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Halep loses to Muguruza at Wuhan Open

WUHAN, China (AP) Garbine Muguruza knocked second-seeded Simona Halep out of the Wuhan Open on Tuesday, coming back for a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory in the second round. Muguruza, who beat top-ranked Serena Williams in the second round at the last French Open, dropped the first set in 35 minutes but won the first four games of the second set and the last four games of the third to advance...
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

U.S. Open: Makarova, Vesnina win women's doubles title

  Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won their second Grand Slam doubles title, ending Martina Hingis' run at the U.S. Open. The fourth-seeded Russians rallied from down a set and break to beat Hingis and Flavia Pennetta 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday night. Playing doubles in her latest comeback from retirement, the 33-year-old Hingis was in her first major final since the 2002 Australian...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Makarova and Vesnina win US Open doubles title

NEW YORK (AP) Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won their second Grand Slam doubles title, ending Martina Hingis' run at the U.S. Open. The fourth-seeded Russians rallied from down a set and break to beat Hingis and Flavia Pennetta 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday night. Playing doubles in her latest comeback from retirement, the 33-year-old Hingis was in her first major final since...
Via AP on Fox
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Eugenie Bouchard rounds out NY trip by nabbing two foul balls at Yankees game

Eugenie Bouchard may not have had the best U.S. Open experience this year, as the seventh seed fell to Ekaterina Makarova during the tournament's fourth round. But all was not lost during the Canadian tennis star's New York tour.  Judging from her social media accounts, Bouchard seemed to make the most of her time in the Big Apple. The 20-year-old Montreal native rode the subway like...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Friday's Sports In Brief

TENNIS NEW YORK (AP) Serena Williams overwhelmed 17th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-1, 6-3 in the semifinals to extend her U.S. Open winning streak to 20 matches. If Williams can make that 21 in a row by beating Caroline Wozniacki in Sunday's final, the 32-year-old American will become the first woman since Chris Evert in the 1970s to win three consecutive titles at the...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Serena Williams towers over field in U.S. Open women's semifinals

  There are so many ways to measure how Serena Williams stands apart from the three other women who will be playing in the U.S. Open semifinals Friday. Williams, first of all, owns 17 Grand Slam singles titles, including five at Flushing Meadows. Ekaterina Makarova, Caroline Wozniacki and Peng Shuai have zero. Williams already has participated in 24 previous major semifinals. The...
Via AP on Fox
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

What to watch at US Open: Williams in semifinals

NEW YORK (AP) There are so many ways to measure how Serena Williams stands apart from the three other women who will be playing in the U.S. Open semifinals Friday. Williams, first of all, owns 17 Grand Slam singles titles, including five at Flushing Meadows. Ekaterina Makarova, Caroline Wozniacki and Peng Shuai have zero. Williams already has participated in 24 previous major semifinals...
Via AP on Fox
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Ekaterina Makarova beats Victoria Azarenka to reach U.S. Open semis

  Ekaterina Makarova describes herself as a person who prefers ''to stay in the shade.'' At the U.S. Open, she finally believes she deserves to play under the brightest lights. The 26-year-old Russian reached her first Grand Slam semifinal Wednesday, beating Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-2 at the U.S. Open. Makarova lost her previous four major quarterfinals. ''Before maybe I didn't...
Via AP on Fox
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Makarova reaches first Grand Slam semis with U.S. Open win over Azarenka

Ekaterina Makarova reached her first Grand Slam semifinal, beating Victoria Azarenka in straight sets Wednesday at the U.S. Open. The 26-year-old Russian won 6-4, 6-2 after losing her previous four major quarterfinals. "I'm feeling amazing," she said. "Finally I'm in a semifinal." Azarenka's manager said she had food poisoning Tuesday. Unusually subdued for most of the match, Azarenka...
Via AP on Fox
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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