Makarova beats Stosur, to play Azarenka in Eastbourne final


Ekaterina MakarovaQualifier at the AEGON International Ekatertina Makarova may have started the semifinal against in-form Samantha Stosur slow, but in the end she sent the third seed packing with a 7-6(5) 7-5 victory.

The 100th-ranked Makarova claimed just four of the first 19 points and fell behind 3-0, 0-40 in the first set against Stosur. The Russian attributed that poor start to the nervousness of playing on the center court. However, Makarova didn’t let the nerves get the best of her and won the first set in a tiebreak. Then, she used one of her four break points in the second set, which gave her enough advantage to defeat Stosur, who will climb to a career-high ranking of No.6 on Monday.

Makarova will play her third career final and try to win her first WTA title. Her final opponent at the AEGON International will be world No.15 Victoria Azarenka. The Belorussian reached the final with a 6-3 7-5 win over eighth seed Marion Bartoli, who has failed to advance beyond the semifinals at Eastbourne  for the fourth straight year. (photo: Stephane Martinache)


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