Upset Wins For Makarova & Vandeweghe
Published August 07, 2014 12:14
MONTRÉAL, Canada - Ekaterina Makarova reached the Rogers Cup quarterfinals for the first time with a rain-interrupted upset of No.2 seed Petra Kvitova on Thursday, and qualifier CoCo Vandeweghe also pulled out a surprise victory over No.7 seed Jelena Jankovic.
Makarova was a point away from the first set serving at 5-4, 40-30 when play was delayed. She maintained her composure upon resumption and won the game and the set after several deuces.
Kvitova cruised through the second set, after which there was another rain delay. Makarova seized back the momentum when the match resumed again and broke serve twice in the third set while fighting off the one break point on her own serve en route to her 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 victory.
"Today was a really tough match with the two delays," Makarova said. "The first set was really good and we both played really well. Then she just crushed me in the second set. When we came back for the third set, I tried to be more aggressive and I returned really well. She's a really good player and is tough to play against."
Makarova's defeat of World No.4 and fellow lefty Kvitova was her seventh Top 5 win, with four of those having come this year. In the process, 2012 Montréal champion and reigning Wimbledon champ Kvitova's 10-match win streak was snapped.
"I'm really happy to come through here," Makarova said. "It's my first time in the quarterfinals at this tournament, which is really exciting. I'm looking forward to another fight tomorrow."
Makarova's quarterfinal opponent will be WTA Rising Star Vandeweghe, who a day after scoring her second Top 10 win over Ana Ivanovic, recorded her third over another Serb - Jankovic.
And similar to her match with Ivanovic, this one was a battle, with Vandeweghe just getting the best of Jankovic, 7-6(8), 2-6, 7-5.
"I've been making progress in each and every tournament this year," Vandeweghe said. "I won my first title in 's-Hertogenbosch. I'm really happy with how my season is going. All the obstacles I've come across, I've been able to meet, challenge and beat most of them."
Vandeweghe has lost both of her previous encounters with Makarova.