2010 AEGON International – Ladies final preview

Agnieszka Radwanska, Ekaterina Makarova, Marion Bartoli, News, Players, Sam Stosur, Svetlana Kuznetsova, WTA Players

By Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd

Big guns misfired but bring on the big shots

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) v Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)

Victoria Azarenka EB 2010Victoria Azarenka is the favourite to be crowned Eastbourne 2010 champion after scything her way past top names on grass, but faces a daunting task against world no100 Ekaterina Makarova.

Belarussian ace Azarenka has been at her high-pitched shrieking best to dismiss quality players in her side of the draw, including a first round exit for 2008 Eastbourne winner Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and a semi-final success over French ace Marion Bartoli – both in straight sets.

Makarova has been in emphatic form, and steamrolled her way through three qualifying matches as well as the main draw without dropping a set.

The giant-killer subdued battling Australian Sam Stosur in a memorable semi-final showdown, fighting back from an initial 3-0 deficit before her coach intervened and a change of tactics deservedly edged her into the final.

Tennis - AEGON International - Day Three - EastbourneLittle known Russian Makarova is the first qualifier to reach the final at Eastbourne since compatriot Vera Duchevina finished runner-up to Belgian’s Kim Clijsters at Devonshire Park in 2005.

Makarova tore past in-form compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova, a two-time grand slam champion and a former winner at Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park, with a gritty performance and is becoming an expert at tiebreak victories.

She has made a mockery of the seedings at Devonshire Park this year, having pulled off a set of impressive results since the qualifying stages, and doesn’t look like running out of steam on the big stage – she could also surprise the entertaining Azarenka.

Victoria Azarenka vs Ekaterina Makarova

Jul 31, 1989 Birthday Jun 07, 1988
20 Age 22
Belarus Country Russia
15 Rank 100
Right-handed Plays Right-handed

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