By Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd
Ekaterina Makarova, the 2010 Eastbourne champion, shocked Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova in straight sets to triumph 7-5 6-4 in their 1st Round clash.
The Russian raced away with the opening set in 46 minutes, and sped into a 5-2 lead against Kvitova who was playing her first match on grass since winning the 2011 crown at SW19.
Left-hander Kvitova held her nerve on her serve to 5-3 and then broke to love for 5-4 and went 30-0 on her serve. But the Czech Republic ace failed to win another point to bow out.
Kvitova, who beat Maria Sharapova in last year’s Wimbledon final, was humbled in 91 minutes.
Makarova, who benefited from six Kvitova double faults, broke the no2 seed five times to revenge her reversal to Kvitova at Devonshire Park last year.
Makarova, the world no48 who raced to the semi-final stage of last week’s grass court event in Birmingham, smiled:
“I had nothing to lose, so I just tried to play my best game.
“She’s a really tough opponent and is playing unbelievable on grass. I was just really enjoying it and wanted to show my best tennis – that helped me win today.
Disappointed Kvitova admitted:
Ekaterina was a tough opponent for me for in the 1st Round.“She has won here in the past and I know she can play well on grass. But I didn’t play well either.
“It was my first match on grass this year and I didn’t expect too much. Every shot I played today could have been better – I have to improve.”