Jelena Ostapenko vs Ekaterina Makarova, Sydney R1 Preview

Sydney International, R1 Preview
(3) ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Jelena Ostapenko vs ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ekaterina Makarova

Main draw action begins at the Sydney International on Sunday, the pick of the matches sees the 3rd seeded Jelena Ostapenko take on Ekaterina Makarova. Ostapenko and Makarova are both looking for their first win of 2018, both will be desperate to ensure they can get a couple of matches under their belt before heading to Melbourne next week.

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Jelena Ostapenko made a wayward start to her 2018 campaign last week in Shenzhen. Ostapenko was defeated by Kristyna Pliskova in straight sets 1-6 4-6. Ostapenko was not even close to her best, hitting a ton of unforced errors in what as a disappointing start to the year, albeit against a difficult opponent.

Ekaterina Makarova will begin her 2018 season on Sunday at the Sydney International. Makarova had a relatively disappointing season in 2017, ending the year just outside the top 33. Makarova is good enough to push back into the top 20. It will be interesting to see how she starts her 2018 season on Sunday

This will be the first career meeting between Ostapenko and Makarova.

Ekaterina Makarova vs Carla Suarez Navarro, U.S Open R3 Preview

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๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ekaterina Makarova vs ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Carla Suarez Navarro

Ekaterina Makarova finally claimed her first career victory over Caroline Wozniacki to move into the third round in New York where she will face Carla Suarez Navarro. Makarova was seemingly on route to a straight set win over Wozniacki but was dragged into a third set where she regrouped to secure a 6-2 6-7 6-1 win. Makarova had a 0-7 head-to-head record heading into her match with Wozniacki and will need to overcome another very negative head-to-head record if she is progress any further in New York. Suarez Navarro holds a 6-2 head-to-head record over Makarova and easily accounted for the Russian earlier this year in Eastbourne. Makarova is in much better form heading into this match and despite the negative record, she does have the game to really trouble the Spaniard.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs Ekaterina Makarova, U.S Open R2 Preview

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(5) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Caroline Wozniacki vs ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ekaterina Makarova

Caroline Wozniacki will look to continue her domination of Ekaterina Makarova when they collide at the second round stage of the U.S Open on Wednesday. Wozniacki holds a 7-0 head-to-head record over Makarova, an incredible record given Makarova is a very dangerous opponent. Wozniacki and Makarova both cruised through their opening round matches on Monday, Wozniacki defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1 7-5 whilst Makarova beat Mona Barthel 6-2 6-1, both bring good form into this second round clash.

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Angelique Kerber vs Ekaterina Makarova, Cincinnati R2 Preview

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(3) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Angelique Kerber vs ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ekaterina Makarova

Angelique Kerber will be out for revenge when she comes up against Ekaterina Makarova in the second round of the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday. Kerber was defeated by Makarova in straight sets in the opening round of Roland Garros earlier this year. These two have a long history, this will be the 13th meeting between the pair, Kerber holds a 7-5 record over Makarova but it the Russian who heads into this clash with form on her side.

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Ekaterina Makarova vs Lesia Tsurenko, Roland Garros R2 Preview

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๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ekaterina Makarova vs ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Lesia Tsurenko

Ekaterina Makarova became the first woman to eliminate a top seed from the Roland Garros draw in the opening round of the tournament when she cruised past Angelique Kerber in straight sets on day one of the tournament. Makarova will have gained a great deal of confidence from that win and will need to be on her game as she enters a reasonably tough second round clash against Lesia Tsurenko on Wednesday in Paris.

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Angelique Kerber vs Ekaterina Makarova, Roland Garros R1 Preview

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(1) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Angelique Kerber vs ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ekaterina Makarova

The top seeded Angelique Kerber will begin her Roland Garros campaign against a familiar foe as she takes on Ekaterina Makarova in the first round in Paris. This will be the twelfth encounter between the pair, Kerber currently holds a 7-4 record over Makarova and has dominated the Russian in recent times. This is a tough first round match for both ladies, both have struggled at Roland Garros in recent years and will be desperate to reserve that trend in 2017.

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Maria Sharapova vs Ekaterina Makarova, Stuttgart R2 Preview

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(wc) ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Maria Sharapova vs ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ekaterina Makarova

Maria Sharapova will continue her return to the tour on Thursday with a second round clash against compatriot Ekaterina Makarova. Sharapova has a dominant record over Makarova, winning all six of their previous matches, all in straight sets. Sharapova made a solid return on Wednesday with a straight set win over Roberta Vinci, it will be interesting to see how Sharapova backs up just 24 hours later.

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Dominika Cibulkova vs Ekaterina Makarova, Dubai R2 Preview

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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ (3) Dominika Cibulkova vs ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ekaterina Makarova

Tuesdayโ€™s match of the day at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships sees the third seeded Dominika Cibulkova open her tournament against the always-dangerous Ekaterina Makarova. Dominika Cibulkova will head into this match desperate for revenge after she was beaten by Makarova in an agonizinglyย close three set match at the third round stage of the Australian Open earlier this year. Cibulkova was extremely disappointed after that match, feeling like she should have won it and she will carry those emotions into Tuesdayโ€™s clash with the Russian.

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Ekaterina Makarova, Wuhan R2 Preview

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(3) ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Agnieszka Radwanska vs ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ekaterina Makarova

Agnieszka Radwanska will be wary of her first opponent at the 2016 Wuhan Open, Makarova has troubled Radwanska in the past and made a commanding start to her Wuhan campaign on Sunday evening with a thrashing of Sabine Lisicki.

Agnieszka Radwanska has been the most successful player during the Asian Swing over the last couple of years, winning more titles than anyone else. The Pole made another solid start in Asia last week where she reached the semi-final stage in Tokyo. However, the week ultimately ended in disappointment for the Pole as she squandered several significant leads before succumbing to Caroline Wozniacki in a tight third set in their semi-final match. Radwanska has a chance to climb up the rankings this week as she has no points to defend after falling in the first round in Wuhan last year.

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Belinda Bencic vs Ekaterina Makarova, Sydney QF Preview

Sydney QF: (8) Belinda Bencic vs Ekaterina Makarova

An interesting quarter-final match-up at the Apia International in Sydney will see Belinda Bencic and Ekaterina Makarova go head-to-head for the very first time. This is good early season opportunity for both ladies to reach a premier level semi-final and a good challenge with the Australian Open just around the corner, both should be eager to display their best tennis in this match.ย 

Belinda Bencic is having a reasonable week in Sydney after a surprise early round exit in Brisbane last week where she was defeated by Samantha Crawford in the second round. The Swiss rising-star started her Sydney campaign with a topsy-turvy battle against the always dangerous Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Bencic managed to navigate her way to a 7-6 1-6 6-4 victory. In the second round, Bencic recorded a 6-3 6-3 victory over former champion Tsvetana Pironkova. Bencic has had moments in each match where she has really dropped her intensity, she will be unable to afford a similar lapse against a player like Makarova.ย 

 

Ekaterina Makarovaโ€™s progression through to the quarter-finals has been as easy as it gets for a premier level event. The Russian cruised past lucky-loser Lucie Hradecka 6-2 6-1 in the first round to set up a second round clash with Angelique Kerber. However, the German was forced to withdraw from the event due to illness, handing Makarova a spot in the quarter-finals. Makarova is one of few players left in the draw that are very fresh and will be eager to play as many more matches as possible before heading to Melbourne for theย Australianย Open

This should be a really close match between two seemingly even players. I suspect Ekaterina will have the slight edge here because she is fresher and will perhaps be more motivated to win this match. Makarova is also a little more consistent and stable throughout matches. Bencic has already played a decent amount of tennis over the last couple of weeks and has had some small injury worries this week in Sydney.

Prediction: Ekaterina Makarova to defeat Belinda Bencic in 3 sets