|Born||7 June 1988|
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Turned pro||October 2004|
|Retired||28 January 2020|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||427-293 (59.3%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 8 (6 April 2015)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2015)|
|French Open||4R (2011, 2015)|
|US Open||SF (2014)|
|Olympic Games||3R (2016)|
|Career record||351-172 (67.1%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (11 June 2018)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||F (2014, 2018)|
|French Open||W (2013)|
|US Open||W (2014)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Tour Finals||W (2016)|
|Olympic Games||W (2016)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||F (2010)|
|French Open||QF (2011)|
|US Open||W (2012)|
|Fed Cup||W (2008)|
Ekaterina Valeryevna Makarova (Russian: ? ; Russian pronunciation: [k?t'r?in? m?'kar?v?] listen (help·info); born 7 June 1988) is a former Russian professional tennis player. She achieved a career-high ranking of world No. 8, on 6 April 2015. Her best Grand Slam singles results have come at the 2014 US Open and the 2015 Australian Open where she reached the semifinals on both occasions. Makarova is a four-time Grand Slam champion in doubles competition, having won the 2012 US Open mixed-doubles tournament with Bruno Soares, and the 2013 French Open, the 2014 US Open and 2017 Wimbledon Championships with Elena Vesnina. Makarova also won a gold medal in women's doubles at Rio with Vesnina.
Ekaterina Valeryevna Makarova was born to Valery and Olga in Moscow, Soviet Union. Her father is a banker and her mother a housewife. At age five or six she was sent by her parents to the Luzhniki per the recommendation of friends.
In her first professional tournament in Elektrostal as a wildcard, she reached the quarterfinals losing to Olga Savchuk. At her last tournament of 2003 in Zhukovsky, Russia, she lost in the first round. She then played in Cairo, Egypt, reaching the second round as a qualifier. At Antalya, Turkey, she won her career first title over Kateryna Avdiyenko. Appearing at Felixstowe, Great Britain, she lost in the first round. At Târgu Mure?, Romania, Makarova claimed her second $10,000 title without dropping a set, defeating Simona Matei in the finals. In Moscow as a wildcard in the qualifier, she earned her first top 100 victory over Tatiana Perebiynis and Marta Domachowska, but lost to compatriot Anna Chakvetadze.
At Redbridge, Makarova lost to Baltacha in the semifinals. In the next tournament she again reached semifinals, at St. Petersburg, in which she lost to her compatriot Ekaterina Bychkova. Bychkova beat her in the semifinal at the tournament in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France. In the second round of qualifying for the US Open she lost to Indian Shikha Uberoi. In her next tournaments she was often reaching first rounds or losing in qualifications.
Her first tournament in 2006 was at Ortesei, in which as a qualifier she lost to Eva Birnerová in the first round. At Torrent, Valencia, Spain, she reached the finals, eventually losing to Romina Oprandi. At an ITF event in Moscow she reached the finals defeating Vesna Manasieva in the quarterfinals and Anna Lapushchenkova in the semifinals, before falling to Evgeniya Rodina.
Makarova began her 2007 season losing to Olga Blahotová, at Tampa, Florida. In Moscow she won the title with victories over Evgenia Grenbenyuk, and Evgeniya Rodina in the final. Makarova entered the qualifying draw for the French Open defeating Erika Takao but was defeated again by Ioana Raluca Olaru. Then, in Zagreb, she reached the semifinals, before losing to Kyra Nagy. Makarova then lost in qualifying for the Wimbledon Championships to Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová after defeating Lilia Osterloh. Makarova qualified for her first Grand Slam main draw at the US Open; in the main draw she defeated Julia Schruff and Ai Sugiyama, but lost to reigning world No. 1 and eventual champion, Justine Henin in straight sets. In her last tournament of the year in Minsk, she reached the second round, losing to Ekaterina Dzehalevich.
Makarova began the year by losing in the qualifying round of Medibank International. She earned her first win over a top 20 at the Australian Open, where she overcame No. 19 Ágnes Szávay. 14th seed Nadia Petrova hindered her way to the fourth round. In the opening season Makarova had a number of second round achievements, such as at the French Open. Makarova suffered consecutive first round losses at Wimbledon, Banka Koper Slovenia Open, Nordic Light Open and Western & Southern Open. At the US Open she earned her first top-10 win over world No. 9, Anna Chakvetadze, until falling to Li Na.
Makarova started the 2009 season with early losses in the first rounds of the Medibank International Sydney, the Open GdF Suez, and the Dubai Tennis Championships, and the second rounds of the Australian Open and the BNP Paribas Open. She reached her first WTA final in the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem with a win over Alisa Kleybanova and, without dropping a set leading up to the finals, she lost in a one-sided final to Anabel Medina Garrigues. She also reached the final of the Estoril Open defeating Maria Kirilenko and Anna-Lena Grönefeld en route but losing to Yanina Wickmayer.
Makarova suffered first match losses in the French Open and the Aegon Classic. She reached second rounds at Wimbledon, the Internazionali di Palermo, and the LA Tennis Championships, until enduring a seven-match losing streak spanning the Western & Southern Open, the Rogers Cup, the Pilot Pen Tennis, the US Open, the Korea Open, and the Pan Pacific Open. She finally broke her losing streak at the China Open by defeating Shahar Pe'er before losing to Serena Williams. In her last tournament of the year, she lost in the first round to Lucie ?afá?ová in the Kremlin Cup.
In 2010, Makarova continued her bad form in 2009, as she suffered first round loses at Brisbane International and Hobart International. In the Australian Open, she lost to Sara Errani after defeating Virginie Razzano. She then failed to qualify in the Open GdF Suez and lost in the first round at Dubai as a qualifier. She also lost in the first round of BNP Paribas Open and the French Open, and the second round of Sony Ericsson Open. At the Aegon International, qualifier Makarova made it to the final without dropping a set. She triumphed over Victoria Azarenka in the final to earn her first WTA Tour title. 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. Makarova then made it to the second round at Wimbledon, but was beaten by 2nd seed Venus Williams. In the US Open, she was defeated by Ana Ivanovic in the first round.
Makarova caused an upset in the first round of the Australian Open when she defeated 19th seed Ana Ivanovic. It took three sets and 2 hours and 47 minutes. She then went on to defeat qualifier Lesia Tsurenko, and caused another upset by beating 13th seed Nadia Petrova. Makarova's career-best run at a Grand Slam tournament was ended in the fourth round by third seed and champion Kim Clijsters. At the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Makarova upset defending champion María José Martínez Sánchez in the first round, but lost to eventual champion Maria Sharapova. Makarova would reach the fourth round of the French Open before losing to 4th seed Victoria Azarenka. She lost her openers at Wimbledon and the US Open to Christina McHale and Maria Kirilenko respectively.
Makarova started her year at the Apia International Sydney where she qualified. She faced Li Na in the first round and lost. Then at the Australian Open in the second round, she defeated 25th seed Kaia Kanepi. In the third round, she defeated 7th seed Vera Zvonareva. In the Round of 16, she defeated 13-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams to advance to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal of her career. There she faced 4th seed and former champion Maria Sharapova and was defeated by the eventual finalist. Makarova lost in the second round at Indian Wells to Caroline Wozniacki after defeating American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the opening round. She did well at Miami by reaching the 4th round where she lost to Sharapova again.
Makarova defeated 16th seed Maria Kirilenko at the Mutua Madrid Open in the second round before losing to Lucie Hradecká in the third round. At Rome, she defeated Francesca Schiavone before losing to Venus Williams in the second round. At the French Open, she lost to Sloane Stephens in the first round.
The following week, she reached the semifinals of the Aegon Classic, losing to Melanie Oudin. She reached the quarterfinals at Eastbourne but lost to Angelique Kerber. At Wimbledon, she defeated Alberta Brianti in the first round. She lost to Kerber in the second round.
Makarova reached the third round at the Western & Southern Open after recording victories over Nadia Petrova and Anna Tatishvili before losing to Samantha Stosur. At the US Open, Makarova lost to Serena Williams in the third round. She partnered with Brazilian Bruno Soares to win the mixed-doubles competition, defeating Kv?ta Peschke and Marcin Matkowski in three sets in the final. It was her first Grand Slam title of any kind. After that, she reached the semifinals at Seoul where she lost to eventual champion Caroline Wozniacki.
At the China Open, Makarova defeated Kirilenko again in the first round but lost to Polona Hercog next. In the doubles event, she teamed up with Elena Vesnina and won defeating Nuria Llagostera Vives and Sania Mirza in the final. She lost to Dominika Cibulková in the first round at the Kremlin Cup.
At Sydney, she defeated Varvara Lepchenko in the first round before succumbing to Dominika Cibulková. She reached her second consecutive quarterfinal at the Australian Open, recording victories over Marion Bartoli and Angelique Kerber. She then lost to Maria Sharapova again. At Doha, Makarova retired against Petra Kvitová in the second round.
Makarova lost her openers in Indian Wells and Miami after receiving first round byes to Garbiñe Muguruza and Svetlana Kuznetsova respectively. She partnered Elena Vesnina in the doubles event at Indian Wells and won defeating Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik in the final. She fell to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first round at Porsche Tennis Grand Prix as well. At the Madrid Open, Makarova caused an upset in the second round when she defeated world number three Victoria Azarenka (after winning only one game in the first set), ending the Belarusian's 18-match winning streak to start the season in the process. She reached the quarterfinals after defeating Marion Bartoli, where she lost to seventh seed Sara Errani in straight sets. At the French Open, she lost her opening match to fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova. She teamed up with Vesnina in doubles, winning the French Open doubles title.
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. At Wimbledon, Makarova reached the third round; she lost to Petra Kvitová in three sets.
During the US Open Series, she reached the semifinals at the Citi Open where she lost to eventual champion Magdaléna Rybáriková. She reached the second round at Toronto and Cincinnati, losing to Roberta Vinci and Jelena Jankovi? respectively. The week before the US Open, she reached the quarterfinals at New Haven, losing to eventual champion Simona Halep. At the US Open, she defeated third seed Agnieszka Radwa?ska in the fourth round to reach her third career Grand Slam quarterfinal, and first at the US Open. She subsequently lost to fifth seed Li Na in three sets.
Makarova began 2014 at the Apia International, where she caused an upset by defeating fourth seed Jelena Jankovi? in the first round. She lost to Carla Suárez Navarro in the next round. Then, she reached the fourth round of the Australian Open for the third consecutive time but lost to eventual champion Li Na. In the doubles event, she and Elena Vesnina reached the final, where they lost to Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. Makarova won her second title at the PTT Pattaya Open by defeating Czech Karolína Plí?ková. In Dubai, she beat Alisa Kleybanova in the opening round. She then lost to world No. 1, Serena Williams.
She reached the third round at BNP Paribas Open where she lost to Dominika Cibulková. In Miami, she defeated Sara Errani in the third round but lost to Angelique Kerber in three sets in the fourth round. Makarova lost her openers at Stuttgart and Madrid to Suarez Navarro and Caroline Wozniacki respectively. In Rome, she defeated Roberta Vinci in the first round but lost to Errani in the following round. Makarova reached the third round at Roland Garros where she lost to Sloane Stephens.
During the grass court swing, Makarova defeated Francesca Schiavone and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to book her place in the quarterfinals at the Aegon International. She then lost to Angelique Kerber. Makarova's good form continued at Wimbledon, where she reached her fourth Grand Slam quarterfinal by defeating Agnieszka Radwa?ska in the fourth round. Then, she succumbed to Lucie ?afá?ová in straight sets.
Makarova reached the semifinals in singles for the first time at a Premier 5 tournament, the Rogers Cup. On the way, she beat her doubles partner Vesnina in the second round and second seed Petra Kvitová. She was stopped by Agnieszka Radwa?ska in a close match, losing two tiebreaks. In doubles, she and Vesnina were beaten with difficulty in the quarterfinals by Hsieh and Peng.
Makarova reached her first Grand Slam singles semifinal at the US Open. Following a win over Eugenie Bouchard in the fourth round, she defeated Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinal, but was defeated by top seed Serena Williams; this was the only match in the tournament in which she lost at least one set. However, she and Elena Vesnina won the doubles championship, marking her third Grand Slam doubles title.
In the Pacific season, Makarova first concentrated in singles. Her first appearance was at the Apia International Sydney, where she lost in the second round. At the Australian Open, she reached a Grand Slam semifinal second times in a row, crushing the third-ranked Simona Halep in two sets in the quarterfinal. Her safe streak without a lost set was broken after facing her compatriot Maria Sharapova. In doubles, Makarova and Vesnina made it into the quarterfinals, where they played against future champions Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie ?afá?ová, and lost in three sets. As a result of her singles success, Makarova reached a new career-high ranking of No. 9.
Sixth-seeded Makarova reached the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships, where she was defeated by Simona Halep. In doubles she and Vesnina also reached the quarterfinals. The duo reached two finals in a row at the Indian Wells Masters and the Miami Open, but always lost to Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis. In singles, she repeated her last year's result in reaching the third and fourth rounds at these tournaments, respectively.
At the 2015 French Open, Makarova matched her best result at the tournament when she reached the fourth round, as she did in 2011. With a chance to complete her set of having reached at least the quarterfinals at all four Majors, she lost to former champion Ana Ivanovic in three sets, and thus failed to reach her first French Open quarterfinal.
Makarova and Vesnina became runners-up at Wimbledon, losing to Hingis and Mirza in three sets, after leading 5-3 in the last set. In singles, Makarova surprisingly lost to Magdaléna Rybáriková in the second round.
In January, 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. In the Australian Open, she reached the fourth round and lost there to Johanna Konta in a very tight match.
Makarova reached the quarterfinals in both singles and doubles at the Miami Open. In doubles, she paired with Barbora Strýcová. She reunited with Vesnina in doubles in Madrid, reaching the semifinals. In the next tournaments, the duo reached two finals in a row; in Rome they lost to Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza, while at the French Open they lost to Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic. At Wimbledon, the pair lost in the quarterfinals to the Williams sisters. Makarova also progressed in grass court in singles, winning six out of eight matches, only to lose against doubles partner Elena Vesnina in the fourth round.
The duo finally won their first tournament title at the Rogers Cup and won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics for Russia; this was the very first time that a Russian duo had won in the Olympic doubles event.
Makarova made it to the third round of the Connecticut Open, but lost to Petra Kvitová in the third round. Ekaterina 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. Makarova and Vesnina had a good showing in doubles. They made it to the semifinals, but lost to eventual champions, Mattek-Sands and ?afá?ová.
Makarova defeated her doubles partner Elena Vesnina in the first round of the China Open. However, she lost to Agnieszka Radwa?ska in the second round. In doubles, Makarova and Vesnina were stunned in the second round by Peng Shuai and Christina McHale. Her next tournament was the Kremlin Cup, in her home country of Russia. She beat qualifier Nicole Gibbs in the first round, but lost to fellow countrywoman Daria Kasatkina in the second round. She was also 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.
Makarova began her season at the Brisbane International. She lost in the first round to Misaki Doi 6-7, 4-6. However, in doubles, she and Elena Vesnina reached the final, losing the match to Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Sania Mirza in straight sets. In Melbourne, the Russians reached the quarterfinals. At the St. Petersburg Open, she lost in the first round to doubles partner Vesnina. In Dubai, she reached the third round before losing to Lauren Davis. The doubles team, however, won the trophy by defeating Hlavá?ková/Peng in three sets. After reaching the semifinals of the Indian Wells Masters, the duo had the chance to become the new number-one ranked doubles players if they had won the title, but they only reached the quarterfinals, suffering there an unpredictable loss to Gabriela Dabrowski and Xu Yifan, the eventual champions.
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. According to WTA Insider, Makarova after her win over Kerber was ranked fourth among active players by number of top-ten wins at Grand Slam tournaments, with 10.
She and Vesnina won their third joint and individual Grand Slam doubles title in Wimbledon, crushing runners-up Hao-Ching Chan/Monica Niculescu, 6-0, 6-0. This was the first "double bagel" in the women's doubles tournament final since 1953. The Russian went on winning the Citi Open in singles, beating players as Olympic champion Puig and world No. 2, Simona Halep. In the finals, she prevailed over Julia Görges, winning her third WTA singles title.
Makarova got into the third round of the Rogers Cup, defeating seventh-seeded Johanna Konta en-route but eventually losing to Lucie Safarova. She again reached third round at the Cincinnati Masters, crushing third-seeded Kerber en-route but losing to Sloane Stephens. Makarova thrice in a row defeated a top-10 in the second round of the US Open, 5th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, for the first time in her career after seven losses in a row against her.
Makarova at best could reach the second round of any tournament this season. One of her best result that season was beating world No. 7, Jelena Ostapenko at the 2018 Sydney International. She rebounded at Wimbledon, reaching the fourth round after beating Petra Martic, second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki and 2015 French Open finalist Lucie Safarova all in three sets, before falling to Camila Giorgi in the fourth round in straight sets.
In doubles, she and Vesnina reached the top position of the world ranking for the first time in their careers. This happened after their resultative performances, by reaching the finals of the Australian Open and the Miami Open and by collecting the Madrid Open trophy. Following the French Open, the pair became the new world No. 1, even though both did not get beyond the first round there (both played with other partners).
She is noted for her left-handed slice serve, often used to stretch opponents into uncomfortable positions. She attacks the return by shifting her wrist to disguise the direction of her forehand, or by hitting deep and aggressively with her backhand. She will usually seek to end the rally by maneuvering an opponent around the court and hitting a winner near the sidelines.
Makarova hits powerfully on both wings, and is largely known for her aggressive groundstrokes. Journalists have noted her cross-court forehand, describing it as a powerful finishing shot. In an article from WTATennis.com, her backhand was labeled "devastatingly good". Similarly, Richard Pagliaro of Tennis.com has noted her "bold" backhand as a primary strength.
Being a left-handed player, she is particularly comfortable hitting backhands in the deuce court, with several of her winners coming from that side. During the 2014 Rogers Cup, Agnieszka Radwa?ska repeatedly targeted Makarova's forehand in the ad court, occasionally exposing it as a vulnerability.
When returning first serves, Makarova often makes 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.
As of August 2017, Makarova is one of just two left-handed players (the other being Angelique Kerber) to have ever beaten Serena Williams in a Grand Slam match, doing so at the 2012 Australian Open.
|Win||2013||French Open||Clay||Elena Vesnina|| Sara Errani
|Loss||2014||Australian Open||Hard||Elena Vesnina|| Sara Errani
|4-6, 6-3, 5-7|
|Win||2014||US Open||Hard||Elena Vesnina|| Martina Hingis
|2-6, 6-3, 6-2|
|Loss||2015||Wimbledon||Grass||Elena Vesnina|| Martina Hingis
|7-5, 6-7(4-7), 5-7|
|Loss||2016||French Open||Clay||Elena Vesnina|| Caroline Garcia
|3-6, 6-2, 4-6|
|Win||2017||Wimbledon||Grass||Elena Vesnina|| Chan Hao-ching
|Loss||2018||Australian Open||Hard||Elena Vesnina|| Tímea Babos
|Loss||2010||Australian Open||Hard||Jaroslav Levinský|| Cara Black
|Win||2012||US Open||Hard||Bruno Soares|| Kv?ta Peschke
|6-7(8-10), 6-1, [12-10]|
|Loss||2013||WTA Tour Championships, Turkey||Hard (i)||Elena Vesnina|| Hsieh Su-Wei
|Win||2016||WTA Finals, Singapore||Hard (i)||Elena Vesnina|| Bethanie Mattek-Sands
|Gold||2016||Summer Olympics, Brazil||Hard||Elena Vesnina|| Timea Bacsinszky