Classy Makarova Ends Radwanska Hopes
Published June 30, 2014 12:13
Surprisingly, given her big game and taste for an upset, prior to this visit, Makarova's best performance at the All-England Club was a third round run 12 months ago. An inauspicious start this year - she squeaked past Kimiko Date-Krumm in three tight sets - did not bode well for her chances of bettering this record, but the Russian has improved with each round to secure a meeting with former runner-up Radwanska.
The Turning Point
Makarova emerged triumphant the last time she crossed paths with Radwanska, producing a spectacular turnaround to triumph at last year's US Open. This victory ended a three-match losing run against the Pole and she began their latest encounter brightly. Breaks in the seventh and ninth games gave her the first set as Radwanska struggled to get to grips with her aggression and accuracy.
Even a two-hour rain delay late in the second set could not distract Makarova, who returned to add the finishing touches to a 6-3, 6-0 victory.
"Agnieszka's really good on grass and had great results here, so I was prepared for a tough match," Makarova said. "I'd never beaten her until the US Open last year. So for this match I was just remembering my emotions from that game and how I was playing.
"It really worked today. And I think I was so solid, so calm, you know, during all the match and all the points. Just waited for my moment and then when I was comfortable I tried to be aggressive."
This 53-minute masterclass secures Makarova a first quarterfinal at the All-England Club, where she will face Lucie Safarova, who ended the run of qualifier Tereza Smitkova in ruthless fashion. World No.175 Smitkova was bidding to become the lowest-ranked Wimbledon quarterfinalist in the Open Era, but this record never looked in danger as Safarova ran out a 6-0, 6-2 winner.