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Hingie
Jun 18th, 2006, 01:06 PM
Coming up to Wimbledon, i thought about one of Marti's old matches (in 1998 i believe) against a Russian Elena Makarova.

http://1stserve.com/old/propictures/images/maka.jpg

She's a tall girl with a weird 'front on' serve and actually gave Marti quite a bit of trouble. Very flat groundies but didn't move that great. When Sharapova broke out on the Tour i thought her serve reminded me of someone and it was Makarova.

I couldn't help but laugh because the Aussie commentators at the time who were calling the match a few times referred to her as Macarena, not deliberately but it was quite amusing.

I thought she played a great match against Marti but didn't hear anything from her afterwards and i noticed she's no longer on the rankings. Another girl with potential who is unable to make a dent on the Tour.

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Jun 18th, 2006, 01:16 PM
she has had a couple of good wins has beaten Sanchez-Vicario when she was #2 in the world on clay, Schnyder x2, Huber

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Jun 18th, 2006, 01:18 PM
her highest Rank was #43 and she is 33 she won 1 wta doubles title 6 itf singles & 6 itf doubles title

JackFrost
Jun 18th, 2006, 02:14 PM
I liked her. When she had her best time on the tour, there were only a few russians in the Top 100. The Big Boom came a few years later with Anna Kournikova.

Rising Sun
Jun 18th, 2006, 02:26 PM
Yeah I remember her! :hearts:

tennisboi
Jun 18th, 2006, 03:39 PM
The name rings a bell

xcx
Jun 18th, 2006, 05:59 PM
http://img247.echo.cx/img247/7320/team111yu.gif
Three Elenas - Dementieva, Makarova, Likhovtseva.
Russian team in FedCup-99.
Stanford, USA

Matt01
Jun 18th, 2006, 10:14 PM
she has had a couple of good wins has beaten Sanchez-Vicario when she was #2 in the world on clay, Schnyder x2, Huber

Head to Head:

E.Makarova - V.Williams

Makarova leads 1-0

1997 FILDERSTADT HARD (I) Q- R32 E. MAKAROVA 6-4 7-6(2)

:tape:

controlfreak
Jun 18th, 2006, 11:39 PM
Wasn't she Scottish?

igost
Jun 19th, 2006, 02:33 AM
Wasn't she Scottish?

she was. but only for couple minutes

SM
Jun 19th, 2006, 04:30 AM
i saw her in the hingis match. it was a shame to see her lose that :)

she also nearly beat jelena dokic at the ausopen in 1999, just after jelena had won the hopman cup

LoveFifteen
Jun 19th, 2006, 05:19 AM
Head to Head:

E.Makarova - V.Williams

Makarova leads 1-0

1997 FILDERSTADT HARD (I) Q- R32 E. MAKAROVA 6-4 7-6(2)

:tape:

Venus beat herself! :angel:

Lennval
Jun 19th, 2006, 05:46 AM
I also remember I think a match against Kournikova

MakarovaFan
Nov 15th, 2006, 12:43 AM
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my fave all time,cant believe i missed this post

Drake1980
Nov 15th, 2006, 12:46 AM
I remember her!

bello
Nov 15th, 2006, 12:57 AM
Yeah I remember her, she was okay. I wouldnt say she underacheived. She was never going to be a superstar player.

brayster87
Nov 15th, 2006, 01:01 AM
nah don't remember her

goldenlox
Nov 15th, 2006, 01:22 AM
http://img247.echo.cx/img247/7320/team111yu.gif
Three Elenas - Dementieva, Makarova, Likhovtseva.
Russian team in FedCup-99.
Stanford, USA
A great picture!

Corswandt
Nov 15th, 2006, 01:59 AM
I wonder how the lives of WTA journeywomen were back then (early to mid 90's - Makarova retired in 1999). No Internet. Mobile phones weren't as omnipresent. I suppose even air travel wasn't as cheap and readily available as it is now. Less hype. Biker bandannas instead of visors. Nobody could serve worth crap. Dammit, I'm getting all nostalgic here. :awww:

It's interesting that Makarova was a top 100 player from 1994 to 1998, which coincides exactly with my early years of tennis fandom, yet I don't remember her. I remember few journeywomen from that period (out of the top of my head: Labat, Gorrochategui, Kimberly Po, Barbara Paulus, Basuki, Asa Carlsson, León Garcia - and I've just checked and some of those cracked top 20, so technically speaking aren't even journeywomen). Tennis was rarely shown on teevee, at least for those who, like myself, didn't have ES. The only way you could catch any mid-ranked player on TV was if they happened to draw a top player in the early rounds of RG or Wimbledon.

hingis-seles
Nov 15th, 2006, 05:51 AM
I remember her. First time I heard of her, though, was when she played Tina at Wimbledon.

Corswandt, you should read Ladies of the Court. It's a fascinating look into the WTA during 1991. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot from it.

Kunal
Nov 15th, 2006, 06:36 AM
keine ahnnung

Garvic
Nov 15th, 2006, 08:00 AM
I remember that match against Hingis at Wimbledon. She was being really competitive but stuffed it up by attempting a staggering amount of drop shots, a small % of which made it over the net!!

Geertvg
Nov 15th, 2006, 08:25 AM
Never sawq her play, but I do remember that at the time she was the odd Russian in the field, hehe. Appelmans liked her, I think, for being a very hard worker.

Foot's Fingers
Nov 15th, 2006, 08:43 AM
remember her of cos