NEW HAVEN, CT, USA - A day after No.2 seed Angelique Kerber was eliminated from the New Haven Open at Yale, No.1 seed and World No.5 Sara Errani was the victim of a second round upset at the hands of Ekaterina Makarova.
At 5-5 in the first set during Wednesday's day session, Makarova reeled off seven straight games en route to a 75 61 triumph.
"She's not a comfortable player for me, as I had lost the last couple times we played," Makarova said. "So today I was trying to be extra aggressive on my serve and go to the net. I also tried to attack her second serve."
Not only was this Makarova's fourth career Top 5 win, but she is 3-1 against Top 5 opponents this year. Her previous Top 5 wins have come against No.4 Petra Kvitova at Eastbourne in 2012, No.5 Kerber at the 2013 Australian Open and No.3 Victoria Azarenka at Madrid in 2013. And her latest one made this the first time in New Haven's 24-year history that neither of the Top 2 seeds reached the quarters.
In her three other trips to New Haven, Makarova did not even win more than three games in a set in three first round losses, yet now finds herself in Thursday's quarterfinals against Simona Halep.
Speaking of Halep, the Romanian trailed Carla Suárez Navarro 63 42 before capturing seven straight games and 10 of 11 for a 36 64 61 victory. Not only did she knot her series with the Spaniard at 4-4, but Halep recorded her 22nd win in her last 25 matches dating back to June in Nürnberg, where she picked up her first WTA title. In addition, a week after making her first Premier-level hardcourt quarterfinal in Cincinnati, she has duplicated that feat in New Haven.
Also in the day session, fourth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki was a 61 75 winner over Karin Knapp. The four-time New Haven champion is now 22-1 here, with her lone loss coming by virtue of retirement in last year's semifinals.
"I just wanted to try to get through this match in two sets, as I have had a bit of a cold the whole week and felt a little dizzy out there," Wozniacki said. "She really stepped it up and started to play really well in the second set."