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Ekaterina Makarova

Ekaterina Makarova
  • Residence: Moscow, Russia
  • Date of Birth: 07 Jun 1988
  • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
  • Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
  • Weight: 143 lbs. (65 kg)
  • Plays: Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
  • Status: Pro (October 2004)

Elena Vesnina

Elena Vesnina
  • Residence: Sochi, Russia
  • Date of Birth: 01 Aug 1986
  • Birthplace: Lvov, Ukraine
  • Height: 5' 7 3/4" (1.76 m)
  • Weight: 143 lbs. (65 kg)
  • Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
  • Status: Pro (2002)
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Biography

Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina have teamed up in Fed Cup as far back as 2008, but didn't become a regular pairing until 2012. Success came quickly after that, most notably with Premier-level titles in Beijing and Moscow to close out the season.

2013 was even better, highlighted by more Fed Cup wins while representing Russia, a deep run at the Australian Open, another Premier title at Indian Wells and their first Grand Slam title at the French Open, where they did not drop a set all fortnight, including in the final against defending champions and top-ranked duo Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.

That made Makarova and Vesnina just the second all-Russian pairing to win a Grand Slam doubles title after Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva at the 2012 Australian Open.

"We have been together since last year, and I think we are a good team," Vesnina said. "We understand each other pretty good and have a lot of confidence right now.

"We've had some good wins this year and also last year, so maybe this win has brought us some confidence. And we were playing really good today in the final."

"I'm so happy that we played so solid today and played exactly how we wanted to," Makarova said. "We kept all the time to our game strategy and it worked today really well. It's a great feeling to win our first Grand Slam."

Makarova and Vesnina's memorable 2013 resulted in their clinching a berth in the season-ending WTA Finals for the first time, beating Errani and Vinci again en route to a runner-up showing. Their 2014 has been highlighted by their second Grand Slam title at the US Open, leading to them qualifying for the WTA Finals for the second straight year.

All but one of Makarova's WTA doubles titles have come alongside Vesnina, while Vesnina has had success with several other players - most notably capturing Indian Wells with Dinara Safina in 2008 and with Sania Mirza in 2011.

TEAM STATS
2015 Record: 19-8
Career Record: 100-38
Career Record On Hard: 65-21
Career Record On Clay: 27-10
Career Record On Grass: 8-6
Career Olympics Record: 2-1
Career Grand Slam Record: 43-11

2015 HIGHLIGHTS
R-Up (2):
Indian Wells, Miami

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
WON (5):
2014 - US Open; 2013 - Indian Wells, Roland Garros; 2012 - Beijing, Moscow; R-Up (7): 2015 - Indian Wells, Miami; 2014 - Australian Open, Miami; 2013 - WTA Championships; 2012 - Madrid, Rome

MAKAROVA'S INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES STATS
WTA Titles: 6
Career-High Ranking: No.4

VESNINA'S INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES STATS
WTA Titles: 11
Career-High Ranking: No.3

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  • WTA Breakthrough Of The Month: Vesnina

    July 15, 2016
    Elena Vesnina broke through in a big way at the All England Club to reach her first major semifinal; because of this, you've voted her WTA Breakthrough Of The Month.
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    Four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki will join defending champion Petra Kvitova at the Connecticut Open later this summer - who else will feature in New Haven's strong field?
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    July 12, 2016
    Cast your vote now for June's Breakthrough Performance of the Month - Elena Vesnina, Madison Keys, or Anastasija Sevastova?
  • RTS Update: Venus Rising

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    Wimbledon semifinalists Venus Williams and Elena Vesnina enjoyed two of the biggest leaps on the Road to Singapore leaderboard with the WTA Finals just over 100 days away.
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  • Notes & Netcords: July 11, 2016

    July 11, 2016
    With the Wimbledon fortnight done and dusted, find out what's next for your favorite players and who made the biggest ranking jumps - right here on wtatennis.com!
  • Flawless Serena Marches Into Final

    July 07, 2016
    Serena Williams moved one step closer to a historic 22nd major with a straight set win over Elena Vesnina in Thursday's Wimbledon semifinals.
  • As It Happened: Wimbledon Semifinals

    July 07, 2016
    WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen | Relive all the action as Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber booked spots in the Wimbledon final, courtesy of WTA Insider.
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  • Wimbledon: Road To The Final Four

    July 06, 2016
    And then there were four. After almost a fortnight packed with action, drama, and a little rain, we've reached the semifinal stage at Wimbledon. Check out the photos to see how we got here.
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    February 23, 2016
    The WTA's biggest stars took a break from their Doha preparations to kick off the tournament in style at the Qatar Total Open player party.
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  • Indian Wells Gallery: 26 Great Smiles

    March 13, 2015
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    February 12, 2015
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  • Gallery: 20 Iconic Pics From The AO

    February 05, 2015
    Smiles, supercoaches, trophies, action shots, even some multiple exposures - see 20 of the most iconic pics from this year's Australian Open, right here on wtatennis.com.
  • AO Gallery: Hashtags & Carousels

    January 27, 2015
    Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska and Ekaterina Makarova are just some of the WTA stars who've been keeping busy off the court in Melbourne - see the pics here!
  • AO Gallery: Stars Rise Up

    January 23, 2015
    Contenders Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard subdued upset-minded opponents in Australian Open third round play on Friday.
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