Fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber has been bundled in the fourth round of the Australian Open by the woman who ousted Serena Williams at the same stage last year.
No. 19-seeded Ekaterina Makarova had a 7-5, 6-4 win in the opening match Sunday on Rod Laver Arena, taking out the highest seed to tumble so far at the season's first major.
Makarova beat Williams in the fourth round in 2012 at Melbourne Park and went on to reach the quarterfinals, which remains her best result at a Grand Slam. Kerber and Makarova were two of only four women in 2012 to beat Williams, who lost only one match in the second half of last season as she collected titles at Wimbledon, the London Olympics, the US Open and the WTA Championships.
Wimbledon semifinalist Kerber had beaten Makarova three times last year, including in the second round at Wimbledon.
''Seems like it was the same this year and last year. Unbelievable feeling,'' Makarova said. ''I really like to play here. The crowd is so perfect.''