|Nationality||Player||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3||Set 4||Set 5|
- - WILLIAMS 6-4 6-0 - GAME, SET AND MATCH! Makarova has a chance to wrap up the game and get on the scoreboard, but Serena was simply not to be denied. She misses match point on,e but seals the second with a squash shot cross court which Makarova can only dab long. Williams, sub-par in round two, was clinical in round three. Next up is Maria Kirlenko or Andrea Hlavackova. Draw
- - WILLIAMS 6-4 5-0 - Just half a chance for Makarova at 30-30, but she tries a backhand when cramped for room and blasts it long. It gives Serena all the ammunition she needs to see out the game. The change of ends is probably holding Serena up more than Makarova now.
- - WILLIAMS 6-4 4-0 - BREAK! Makarova has the look of a beaten woman here - as if nothing she can will save her. Three points on her serve come and go, and Serena only needs one of them to take the break, with her opponent hitting long. The end in sight.
- - WILLIAMS 6-4 3-0 - Blink and you'll miss these Williams service games. If Makarova blinks, she's going to miss the rest of the match. Just three more games will do it.
- - WILLIAMS 6-4 2-0 - BREAK! Williams demonstrates touch at the net as well as vicious serving and groundstrokes, and with a reflex volley she brings up game point. With more of the trademark powerplay, she steals the break. Trouble for the Russian now.
- - WILLIAMS 6-4 1-0 - Another set, same service dominance. Williams holds to thirty, and it's hard to see where Makarova is going to break through.
- - WILLIAMS 6-4 - SET! Eventually it had to tell. Williams races 15-40 up, and with two break and set points to save, the Russian faltered. She has had to go for everything all set long, and this time she misses the line. Williams whoops with joy. Halfway there.
- - WILLIAMS 5-4 - Williams boasts a record of winning 88% of her points on serve so far in this match, and she's through another game in no time at all. Over to Makarova to see if she can keep the pace. She's shown heart to do so thus far, but the challenge is stiffer than ever because this time it's to stay in the set.
- - WILLIAMS 4-4 - Having got ahead at 15-30, Williams looks throoughly disappointed with herself when she thuds a gettable backhand into the net. That keeps Makarova in the game,, and after eight minutes of play, including several attempts to convert game point, the Russian finally squeaks through.
- - WILLIAMS 4-3 - Especially in the decline of her sister, it's fair to say that Serena has by some distance the best serve on the women's tour, and she's using it to keep nudging her way in front in the opening set.
- - WILLIAMS 3-3 - Makarova's best service game of the match so far, with the left-hander downing Williams to 15. It's been mighty hard work, but she's still level with the American.
- - WILLIAMS 3-2 - After a lengthy tussle on the Makarova serve, another procession on the Williams serve. The question is whether Makraova can withstand this early pressure and take any opportunities that come her way.
- - WILLIAMS 2-2 - A little stamp of the feet as Williams lets a serve from Makarova go unpunished. That's the difference between 15-40 and 30-30, and it looks like that will cost her the chance of a break. As it is, she gets a break point regardless, but catching the top of the net with her attempted winner, she misses out. Eventually, the Russian ekes out a hold.
- - WILLIAMS 2-1 - Short and sweet service games from Williams - perfect in the heat, and piling the pressure straight back on to Makarova.
- - WILLIAMS 1-1 - The American applies considerably more pressure to the Makarova serve than she faced on her own, but despite the game going to deuce it's the Russian, who beat Serena at the Australian Open earlier this year, who comes through.
- - WILLIAMS 1-0 - Crushing start from Serena, sweeping to all four points in no time at all. Serena, as is her way, does not stop for a drink after the first game, proceeding purposefully to the other end to face the Makarova serve.
- - Just about to get underway on Arthur Ashe, fourth seed Serena Williams takes on Russian world number 42 Ekaterina Makarova. In theory, you'd expect an easy win for the American, but she was far from convincing in her second round match. Has she got the rust out for this clash?
|Date of Birth||07/06/1988|
|Date of Birth||26/09/1981|