Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Makarova upsets No. 3 seed Kerber in Cincinnati

Makarova upsets No. 3 seed Kerber in Cincinnati

Former world No.1 Wozniacki next faces the victor of the match between top seed and current world No.1 Karolina Pliskova and Italy's Camila Giorgi. "She's a genuine champion of the game and has, I think, paved the way for us young players coming through. To play Venus on such a big stage is a privilege for me and to play so well like I did, I'm really excited", Barty said.

"Today I played the best match so far this tournament".

"It really is a privilege to be able to share the court with Venus", Barty said.

No. 3 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany was upset by unseeded Ekaterina Makarova at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio on Wednesday, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (11).

Pliskova had won six matches in a row over Muguruza since losing their first meeting in the first round of the 2013 French Open. She wasted another match point before Muguruza took it to the tiebreaker and dominated. I fought so hard. I returned well. My shots were there.

Pliskova completed a match that was suspended overnight because of rain, beating qualifier Camila Giorgi in three sets.

It was another case of revenge as 2015 runner-up Halep bounced back from her loss to Konta at Wimbledon.

The Russian had a pair of match points while serving at 5-3 in the third set but lost a wild 10-minute game that left her gasping for air-and Kerber back on serve. Unexpectedly, there was more to the plot as Kerber rattled three games of her own, producing some incredible winners after saving two match points along the way.

She gained a second-set edge with a backhand victor on break point for a 4-2 lead before closing it out in 1 hour, 19 minutes. The year's last Grand Slam starts August 28.

Makarova was determined to clinch her eighth Top 10 victory of the year, and her second over Kerber, as she came from 0-3 and 3-5 deficits in the tiebreak to capitalize on her eighth match point, saving one of Kerber's in the process. "I'm going to go with that. I battled back and I'm glad things went my way". She faded in the heat and humidity on Wednesday against a player who is 3-13 career against Top 20 players.

Stephens, playing her fourth tournament since returning from January foot surgery, also was playing a third match in a span of 24 hours.

Other men's quarterfinals pit Japan's Yuichi Sugita against 11th-ranked Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, Austria's eighth-ranked Dominic Thiem against Spaniard David Ferrer and John Isner against USA compatriot Jared Donaldson.

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