MOSCOW, Russia - Ekaterina Makarova is looking forward to Russia's Fed Cup tie against Chinese Taipei this weekend for a very special reason.
It's hosted at the Druzhba Sport Complex, in Moscow - the venue in her hometown where she first began playing tennis herself.
"It's in the stadium where I grew up," she told the official Fed Cup site. "I was practicing for 12 years there - I took my first steps in tennis in that stadium so it's a special place."
Makarova, 28, is the senior player in a young Russia squad; this will be her eighth appearance in the competition. It is an experience she enjoys.
"I love to play for a team, for Russia," she added.
The World No.39 comes into the tie after losing to good friend and doubles partner Elena Vesnina 6-3 6-1 in the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy round of 32. The pair were the 2016 doubles champions at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.