STUTTGART, Germany - Ekaterina Makarova scored just her third win in nine career meetings against Agnieszka Radwanska to defeat the No.7 seeed, 6-2, 6-4 in the first round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
In the pair's first-ever meeting on clay, Makarova doubled Radwanska's output of winners, 30-15, and logged a postive winner-to-unforced error differential, 30-21.
"It was a very tough match," Makarova said, on-court. "I'm so happy I played good tennis today and came through. I tried to forget [I've] lost [against her] and I tried to remember how I beat her."
Makarova, who faced 0-40 serving for the match, used some clutch serving to save a total of four break points in the final game and converted on her first match point to score her first win against Radwanska since 2014.
The World No.43 scored her third win against a top 10 opponent in 2017, and broke serve in the first game before sealing a second break in the seventh en route to pocketing the opening set. The Russian won 50 percent of points behind Radwanska's delivery in the first set, which broke a string of six straight sets won by the World No.8 against her.
"I definitely need more practice and more matches on clay," Radwanska said. "Fitness and how you move on court is very important here. [It's been] a hard beginning to the season, I didn't have results I wanted to have. I just have to wait for my time, my rhythm and do my job."
The second set began in a flurry for both players, with five straight service breaks, before Makarova settled proceedings with a hold of serve to 15 to lead 4-2.
Radwanska made a late push in the second set, as the No.7 seed used her trademark guile to dig out of a 0-40 hole on serve in the seventh game, but was unable to conjure up the deciding break she needed before the end of the one hour, 29 minute encounter.
"You need to prepare for this surface, to get used to it...so you can feel your game again," Makarova added after her first match on clay this season. "You can play a lot of shots and I was using [them] today, so I'm really happy with my game."