80 Facts About Ekaterina Makarova

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Ekaterina Valeryevna Makarova is a Russian former professional tennis player who was ranked world No 1 in doubles, and world No 8 in singles.

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Ekaterina Makarova is a four-time Grand Slam champion, having won the 2013 French Open, 2014 US Open and 2017 Wimbledon Championships in women's doubles, all alongside compatriot Elena Vesnina, as well as the 2012 US Open in mixed doubles with Bruno Soares.

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In singles, Ekaterina Makarova achieved her best Grand Slam results at the 2014 US Open and 2015 Australian Open, where she reached the semifinals.

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Ekaterina Makarova reached her career-high singles ranking of world No 8 on 6 April 2015, and won 3 WTA titles, most notably at the 2010 Eastbourne International.

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Ekaterina Makarova was part of the Russian team which won the 2008 Fed Cup.

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Ekaterina Valeryevna Makarova was born to Valery and Olga in Moscow, Soviet Union.

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Ekaterina Makarova's father is a banker and her mother a housewife.

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Ekaterina Makarova then played in Cairo, Egypt, reaching the second round as a qualifier.

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At Targu Mures, Romania, Ekaterina Makarova claimed her second $10,000 title without dropping a set, defeating Simona Matei in the finals.

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Ekaterina Makarova began her 2007 season losing to Olga Blahotova, at Tampa, Florida.

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Ekaterina Makarova entered the qualifying draw for the French Open defeating Erika Takao but was defeated again by Ioana Raluca Olaru.

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Ekaterina Makarova then lost in qualifying for the Wimbledon Championships to Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova after defeating Lilia Osterloh.

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Ekaterina Makarova began the year by losing in the qualifying round of Medibank International.

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Ekaterina Makarova earned her first win over a top 20 at the Australian Open, where she overcame No 19 Agnes Szavay.

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Ekaterina Makarova suffered consecutive first round losses at Wimbledon, the Slovenia Open, Nordic Light Open and Cincinnati Open.

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Ekaterina Makarova lost in the first round to third seed and eventual champion, Elena Dementieva.

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At the Korea Open, Ekaterina Makarova lost in the first round to eighth seed Sybille Bammer.

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Ekaterina Makarova ended the year ranked 60 in singles and 20 in doubles.

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Ekaterina Makarova triumphed over Victoria Azarenka in the final to earn her first WTA Tour title.

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Ekaterina Makarova defeated five top-20 players in the tournament, emerging victorious over No 11 Flavia Pennetta, No 13 Nadia Petrova, No 20 Svetlana Kuznetsova, No 7 Samantha Stosur, and No 15 Victoria Azarenka.

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Ekaterina Makarova then made it to the second round at Wimbledon, but was beaten by second seed Venus Williams.

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Ekaterina Makarova caused an upset in the first round of the Australian Open when she defeated 19th seed Ana Ivanovic.

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Ekaterina Makarova then went on to defeat qualifier Lesia Tsurenko, and caused another upset by beating 13th seed Nadia Petrova.

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Ekaterina Makarova's career-best run at a Grand Slam tournament was ended in the fourth round by third seed and champion, Kim Clijsters.

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At the Italian Open, Ekaterina Makarova upset defending champion Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in the first round, but lost to eventual champion Maria Sharapova.

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Ekaterina Makarova would reach the fourth round of the French Open before losing to fourth seed Victoria Azarenka.

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Ekaterina Makarova lost her openers at Wimbledon and the US Open to Christina McHale and Maria Kirilenko respectively.

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Ekaterina Makarova started her year at the Sydney International where she qualified.

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Ekaterina Makarova lost in the second round at Indian Wells to Caroline Wozniacki after defeating American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the opening round.

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Ekaterina Makarova did well at Miami by reaching the fourth round where she lost to Sharapova again.

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Ekaterina Makarova defeated 16th seed Maria Kirilenko at the Madrid Open in the second round before losing to Lucie Hradecka in the third round.

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Ekaterina Makarova reached the quarterfinals at Eastbourne but lost to Angelique Kerber.

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Ekaterina Makarova reached the third round at the Cincinnati Open after recording victories over Nadia Petrova and Anna Tatishvili before losing to Samantha Stosur.

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Ekaterina Makarova partnered with Brazilian Bruno Soares to win the mixed-doubles competition, defeating Kveta Peschke and Marcin Matkowski in three sets in the final.

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At the China Open, Ekaterina Makarova defeated Kirilenko again in the first round but lost to Polona Hercog next.

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Ekaterina Makarova lost to Dominika Cibulkova in the first round at the Kremlin Cup.

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Ekaterina Makarova reached her second consecutive quarterfinal at the Australian Open, recording victories over Marion Bartoli and Angelique Kerber.

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Ekaterina Makarova lost her openers in Indian Wells and Miami after receiving first round byes to Garbine Muguruza and Svetlana Kuznetsova respectively.

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Ekaterina Makarova partnered Elena Vesnina in the doubles event at Indian Wells and won defeating Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik in the final.

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Ekaterina Makarova fell to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first round at Porsche Tennis Grand Prix as well.

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At the Madrid Open, Ekaterina Makarova caused an upset in the second round when she defeated world number three Victoria Azarenka, ending the Belarusian's 18-match winning streak to start the season in the process.

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Ekaterina Makarova reached the quarterfinals after defeating Marion Bartoli, where she lost to seventh seed Sara Errani in straight sets.

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Ekaterina Makarova teamed up with Vesnina in doubles, winning the French Open doubles title.

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Ekaterina Makarova lost her opener at Birmingham to Marina Erakovic after having a first round bye but reached the quarterfinals at the Aegon International where she lost to Caroline Wozniacki.

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At Wimbledon, Ekaterina Makarova reached the third round; she lost to Petra Kvitova in three sets.

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Ekaterina Makarova reached the second round at Toronto and Cincinnati, losing to Roberta Vinci and Jelena Jankovic respectively.

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Ekaterina Makarova subsequently lost to fifth seed Li Na in three sets.

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Ekaterina Makarova began 2014 at the Sydney International, where she caused an upset by defeating fourth seed Jelena Jankovic in the first round.

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Ekaterina Makarova won her second title at the Pattaya Open by defeating Czech Karolina Pliskova.

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Ekaterina Makarova reached the third round at Indian Wells Open where she lost to Dominika Cibulkova.

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Ekaterina Makarova lost her openers at Stuttgart and Madrid to Suarez Navarro and Caroline Wozniacki respectively.

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Ekaterina Makarova reached the third round at Roland Garros where she lost to Sloane Stephens.

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Ekaterina Makarova reached the semifinals in singles for the first time at a Premier 5 tournament, the Rogers Cup.

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Ekaterina Makarova was stopped by Agnieszka Radwanska in a close match, losing two tiebreaks.

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Ekaterina Makarova reached her first Grand Slam singles semifinal at the US Open.

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Ekaterina Makarova was an alternate player in singles, but did not participate in the round-robin stages.

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Sixth-seeded Ekaterina Makarova reached the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships, where she was defeated by Simona Halep.

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At the 2015 French Open, Ekaterina Makarova matched her best result at the tournament when she reached the fourth round, as she did in 2011.

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In January, Ekaterina Makarova took a break in doubles and started the 2016 season in the Premier tournaments Brisbane and Sydney, reaching the second round and quarterfinals, respectively.

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Ekaterina Makarova reached the quarterfinals in both singles and doubles at the Miami Open.

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Ekaterina Makarova reunited with Vesnina in doubles in Madrid, reaching the semifinals.

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Ekaterina Makarova progressed in grass court in singles, winning six out of eight matches, only to lose against doubles partner Elena Vesnina in the fourth round.

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Ekaterina Makarova made it to the third round of the Connecticut Open, but lost to Petra Kvitova in the third round.

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Ekaterina Makarova had the worst possible luck at the US Open by drawing the number-one-player in the world, Serena Williams in singles to whom she lost in straight sets.

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Ekaterina Makarova defeated her doubles partner Elena Vesnina in the first round of the China Open.

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Ekaterina Makarova beat qualifier Nicole Gibbs in the first round, but lost to fellow countrywoman Daria Kasatkina in the second round.

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Ekaterina Makarova was seeded as the top seed alongside her doubles partner Elena Vesnina, but were beaten in the first round by Daria Gavrilova and the same woman she lost to in singles, Daria Kasatkina.

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Ekaterina Makarova faced top-ranked Kerber in the first round of the French Open, beating her in two sets; this was the first time in the French Open history and the first time in the Open Era tennis history since 2001 that a number-one ranked player failed to reach the second round.

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Ekaterina Makarova got into the third round of the Rogers Cup, defeating seventh-seeded Johanna Konta en-route but eventually losing to Lucie Safarova.

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Ekaterina Makarova again reached third round at the Cincinnati Open, crushing third-seeded Kerber en-route but losing to Sloane Stephens.

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Ekaterina Makarova started her 2018 season in January at the Sydney International.

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Ekaterina Makarova lost in the second round of the French Open to 26th seed Barbora Strycova.

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Ekaterina Makarova played her final tournament of the season at the Kremlin Cup.

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Ekaterina Makarova lost in the first round to qualifier and eventual finalist, Ons Jabeur.

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Ekaterina Makarova ended the year ranked 59 in singles and 6 in doubles.

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Ekaterina Makarova was an all-court player who uses power and angles to set up passing shots.

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Ekaterina Makarova was noted for her left-handed slice serve, often used to stretch opponents into uncomfortable positions.

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Ekaterina Makarova attacked the return by shifting her wrist to disguise the direction of her forehand, or by hitting deep and aggressively with her backhand.

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Ekaterina Makarova hit powerfully on both wings, and is largely known for her aggressive groundstrokes.

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When returning first serves, Ekaterina Makarova often made 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.

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