Monday, January 8, 2018

Makarova stuns Ostapenko in sweltering Sydney

Makarova stuns Ostapenko in sweltering Sydney
Makarova stuns Ostapenko in sweltering Sydney

Ekaterina Makarova upset Jelena Ostapenko 7-6 6-1 in the opening round of the Sydney International.

Makarova rode an early break for a 5-3 lead and, even though her Latvian opponent got back to 5-5, raced away with the first set tiebreak.

Ostapenko, who also lost her opening match in Shenzhen last week, put up a fierce fight at the start of the second set but faded after losing her first service game and Makarova moved on to face Barbora Strycova or Daria Kasatkina.

"It was first match of the season so of course I was nervous at the beginning," said Makarova.

"But I tried to stay solid, to stay with my aggressive game, and it worked in the important moments."

With temperatures in western Sydney well above the 40 degrees Celsius mark, some withdrawals might have been expected and local Ellen Perez progressed when Kristina Mladenovic retired at 6-4 4-2 down.

Julia Goerges also withdrew from the tournament citing a knee injury having won the Auckland Classic earlier in the day.

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