A late charge in the second set wasn’t going to change the inevitable victory for Ekaterina Makarova. Her two set victory over fellow Russian Marina Melnikova ended with a 6-2, 6-3 win on Court 1 of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Thursday.
Makarova faces another qualifier in the tournament after dispatching American Bethanie Mattek-Sands Tuesday. She comes in against another lucky tennis athlete looking to pull off an upset after beating Petra Martic in straight sets. Neither have met each other before which might be something Makarova watches out for when playing against her.
Makarova opened the set with a winner before Melnikova responded with a game of her own. Makarova opened her lead to a pair before allowing Melnikova to get within one after five games. Makarova nearly got a love service in Game Six but after allowing her opponent a winner, she put the game away returning a two game margin. She got to the point of service for the set and dominated with her line drives throughout. She landed an ace on the last serve to complete the set in 31 minutes.
Melnikova pushed to make her way on the board first in the second set but the power Makarova held was too much. She forced Melnikova into a length draw on the deuce before swiping the game away from her. Melnikova started to play catch up with Makarova winning Game Three in the process.
She got out to a 4-1 score slowing chipping away at Melnikova’s strengths in the game. She landed a third of her shots on the return and 14 of 38 possible points. Makarova played for the set where she wasted no time ending the match early. She wasn’t allowed a quick finish as Melnikova forced Game Seven into a deuce draw. After failing on three breaks, Makarova allowed Melnikova another game to stay alive.
Game Eight wasn’t hers to win eight as Melnikova won her second straight. Makarova found herself in point to win the match but her opponent kept the pressure on to prove her stance in the tournament. It came to an end for the lucky loser as Makarova notched the match point to end the match in 74 minutes.
Makarova landed 60 percent of her shots with most coming on the return that caused troubles for Melnikova. The rookie won just five games totaling 40 percent of points. The sixth seed will face the winner between Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals.