World No.100 Ekaterina Makarova went through three qualifying rounds and then eliminated a lot of big names from the main draw to win her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title at the Premier-level event of the AEGON International.
Makarova has won eight straight matches this week and each of them without losing a set, including the final against world No.15 Victoria Azarenka, 7-6(5) 6-4. Even though Azarenka was troubled by injury in the title match, nothing can take away the awesome feeling of accomplishment from Makarova, who has not only become the first qualifier to win Eastbourne but can also pride herself on the victories over Flavia Pennetta in the first round, Nadia Petrova in the second, Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals and fresh French Open finalist Samantha Stosur in the semis. (photo: Stephane Martinache)
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