Barbora Strycova vs. Ekaterina Makarova, Roland Garros R2 Preview

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?? (26) Barbora Strycova vs. ?? Ekaterina Makarova

Barbora Strycova and Ekaterina Makarova will renew hostilities when they meet at the second round stage at Roland Garros on Wednesday. This looms as a fascinating encounter between two very experienced and accomplished opponents, both have struggled for the majority of 2018 and will see this a big opportunity to gain some much needed confidence.

Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in action during her first-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Barbora Strycova arrived in Paris having lost 8 consecutive matches, a rare losing streak for the usually very consistent player. Strycova was seemingly heading for a 9th consecutive loss when she comfortably dropped the opening set of her first round match in Paris to Kurumi Nara but Strycova responded to claim a much needed 1-6 6-3 6-4 victory.

Like Strycova, Ekaterina Makarova brings poor form into the second Grand Slam of the year having not won a match on clay in 2018 at the tour level. However, the Russian was untroubled in her opening round match in Paris, comfortably beating the potentially dangerous Saisai Zheng 6-4 6-1.

It is Strycova who holds a 4-3 head-to-head record over Makarova. The most recent match between the pair took place earlier this year in Sydney, Strycova won easily 6-4 6-1.

Roland Garros has been the least successful Grand Slam for both Strycova and Makarova, clay is the least preferred surface for both. It will be interesting to see who steps up and takes control of this match.

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Simona Halep vs. Ekaterina Makarova, Madrid R1 Preview

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?? (1) Simona Halep vs. ?? Ekaterina Makarova

Two-time defending champion Simona Halep will begin her 2018 Madrid campaign with a potentially tricky first round clash against Ekaterina Makarova. Madrid has proven to be Halep’s best tournament over the last few years, the reasonably quick clay court conditions are perfect for the Romanian’s game. Makarova has beaten Halep a couple of times before, can the Russian cause a huge opening round upset?

Simona Halep of Romania practices at the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open

Halep arrives in Madrid on the back of a couple of disappointing results. Halep started the year in style but her results of late have not been up to the standards of a world number 1. Halep started her clay court season in Stuttgart where she suffered a shocking straight set exit at the hands of CoCo Vandeweghe at the quarter-final stage. Halep has lost 3 of her last 5 matches at the tour level. The good news for Halep is that she has a remarkable record in Madrid, Halep is the two-time defending champion and also reached the final in 2014.

Makarova has been one of the tour’s biggest disappointments in 2018, the Russian is having one of her worst seasons in recent times. Amazingly Makarova is yet to win back-to-back matches in 2018, very surprising given how consistent Makarova usually is. Makarova arrives in Madrid on the back of a disappointing opening round loss in Rabat last week where she suffered a 3 set loss to Aleksandra Krunic.

Halep holds a 4-2 H2H record over Makarova. Halep won their most recent match 6-3 6-0 in Doha earlier this year. This will be their first career meeting on a clay court.

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Angelique Kerber vs Ekaterina Makarova, Indian Wells R2 Preview

BNP Paribas Open, ??? Indian Wells R2 Preview
?? (10) Angelique Kerber vs ?? Ekaterina Makarova

Angelique Kerber will begin her 2018 BNP Paribas Open campaign with a difficult second round clash against Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova. This has proven to be a troublesome match-up for Kerber in recent times as Makarova won both of the matches between the pair in 2017. Kerber is back to her best in 2018 and will have revenge on her mind as she enters this match in Indian Wells.

Angelique Kerber has been one of, if not the most consistent player on tour in 2018. Kerber has amasses an impressive 19/3 win/loss record across all competitions in 2018. Kerber arrives in Indian Wells on the back of a solid Middle Eastern swing, the 2-time Grand Slam champion reached the quarter-finals in Doha and the semi-finals in Dubai. The one disappointment for Kerber has been the similarities in all 3 of her losses this year, defeated by Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki and Elina Svitolina, all very similar types of opponents, players Kerber would like her chances against.

Makarova got off to a slow start in 2018 but is slowly building some nice momentum. Makarova progressed to the second round at the BNP Paribas Open with a comfortable 6-2 6-4 win over Kirsten Flipkens. The problem for Makarova is that she has not been able to win back-to-back matches in 2018, inconsistency is her biggest problem right now. The Russian will however head into this match fairly confident given her recent success over the German.

These two are no strangers to each other. The pair have met on 13 previous occasions, Kerber holds a slender 7-6 H2H advantage. Makarova has won the two most recent matches between the pair, both in 2017. A 6-2 6-2 at Roland Garros and an epic 6-4 1-6 7-6 win in Cincinnati. On hard courts, the H2H record is split at 3 wins apiece.

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

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?? Ekaterina Makarova vs ?? 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) ?? Caroline Wozniacki vs ?? 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) ?? Angelique Kerber vs ?? 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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?? Ekaterina Makarova vs ?? 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) ?? Angelique Kerber vs ?? 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) ?? Maria Sharapova vs ?? 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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?? (3) Dominika Cibulkova vs ?? Ekaterina Makarova

Tuesday’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 agonizingly 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 Tuesday’s clash with the Russian.

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