Ekaterina Makarova is looking forward to Russia's Fed Cup tie against Chinese Taipei for a very special reason.
WTA Staff

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.

Ekaterina Makarova, Elena Vesnina

They were seeded third in this year's Australian Open doubles competition, but were knocked out in the quarterfinals by Andrea Hlavackova and Peng Shuai, 7-5 7-6.

In the singles competition, Makarova boasted a stunning win against Dominika Cibulkova in the third round, coming through 6-2 6-7 6-3, before falling at the hands of Johanna Konta, 6-1 6-4.