Ekaterina Makarova was born on June 7, 1988, in Moscow. She was introduced to tennis per the recommendation of her family's friends. It was them who gave to the left-handed girl of six her first equipment.
In ten years Kate made her debut at the Kremlin Cup Qualification Round and in 2010 she won the first singles WTA title in her career. Over the last eight years, Makarova has managed to enter into Top 10 female tennis players of the world and to show an 8-match winning streak without being afraid of famous names across the net.
Highest singles ranking - 9 (February 2, 2015), highest doubles ranking - 4 (July 8, 2013).
Prefers acting at the baseline. Favorite surfaces are grass and hard. Favorite tournaments – Australian Open and US Open. Speaks Russian and English fluently.
Likes pop music; favorite singers are Rihanna and Michael Jackson. Favorite foods are pizza and chocolate muffins. Enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Also enjoys dancing and shopping.
WTA Tournaments Highlights
Ekaterina won her first singles title in 2010 in Eastbourne. She showed the best week in her career for that moment having won 8 consecutive matches without dropping a set.
Kate managed to win her second singles title only in four years at the Pattaya Open in 2014.
Kate is a three-time Grand Slam champion in doubles competition: the 2012 US Open mixed doubles tournament with Bruno Soares, and the 2013 French Open and the 2014 US Open with Elena Vesnina.
The greatest achievement in Grand Slam singles for Kate was the 2014 US Open semifinal and the 2015 Australian Open semifinal. Moreover, she has reached quarter-finals four times – the 2012 and 2013 Australian Open, 2013 US Open, 2014 Wimbledon.
Ekaterina has won another 4 titles in doubles competitions: with Alisa Kleybanova in Fes, Morocco, in 2009, and with Elena Vesnina in Beijing in 2012, at the 2012 Kremlin Cup and in Indian Wells in 2013.
National Team Appearances
Ekaterina attaches significant importance to the national team competitions. Ekaterina Makarova is the 2008 Fed Cup Winner with the Russian national team.
In 2008, Kate with Elena Vesnina won the doubles rubber in the final tie of the Fed Cup against the national team of Spain.
In 2010, she was defeated in the singles rubber by American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
In 2011, with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova she won the doubles rubber against Italians. It was the Fed Cup semifinal.
In the 2013 season, Ekaterina became one of the leaders of the national team. In the quarterfinals against Japan, she won decided points for the team having defeated Kimiko Date-Krumm in the singles rubber and then having won the doubles rubber (with Elena Vesnina). The same situation happened in the semifinals with the team of Slovakia. In the intense three-sets rubber Kate defeated Daniela Hantuchová and evened the overall scoring of the tie (2:2). Makarova / Vesnina won the deciding doubles rubber also in three sets and handed the victory to their national team.
In 2014, the Russian national team played against the national team of Argentina at the Fed Cup. This was the match for the right to play in the Cup World Group. Ekaterina played as the leader of the team and won two points for the team having won both singles rubbers.
Ekaterina made it to the Olympic team of Russia to the Olympics in London where she appeared in doubles with Elena Vesnina. They reached quarterfinals.
Kate plays most successfully with Elena Vesnina – together they won two Grand Slams and won three titles at the WTA tournaments. Moreover, Kate and Lena played in five WTA finals, in the 2014 Australian Open Final and in the final of the 2013 WTA Finals.
Kate won another Grand Slam tournament at the 2012 US Open with Bruno Soares. Kate played in the final of the 2010 Australian Open mixed doubles tournament with Jaroslav Levinský.
Kate won gold medal of the 2009 Universiade in pair with Vitalia Diatchenko.
In the same 2009, she won her first WTA doubles title in Fes. She played together with Alisa Kleybanova.
In her career, Kate also played successfully with Vera Dushevina, Alla Kudryavtseva and Lucie Hradecká.