Makarova Continues Melbourne Magic With Kerber Upset

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Reuters
Ekaterina Makarova sprung a major upset at the Australian Open for the second successive year on Sunday when the Russian completed a 7-5 6-4 victory over fifth seed Angelique Kerber in their fourth round encounter.

Ekaterina Makarova

Ekaterina Makarova sprung a major upset at the Australian Open for the second successive year on Sunday when the Russian completed a 7-5 6-4 victory over fifth seed Angelique Kerber in their fourth round encounter.

The 19th seed started brightly and survived a wobble to close out the first set before going on to defeat her injury-hampered German opponent, the highest seed so far to lose in the women's draw, in one hour and 32 minutes with an ace.

Makarova advances to her second consecutive quarter-final at Melbourne Park after matching her run at last year's tournament when she sensationally defeated five-time champion Serena Williams.

Makarova will meet the winner of the clash between second seeded compatriot Maria Sharapova, who ended her run 12 months ago, and unseeded Belgian Kirsten Flipkens.