Five-time champion Serena Williams was beaten in the fourth round of the Australian Open by 56th- ranked Ekaterina Makarova, ending her 17-match winning run at the season-opening tennis Grand Slam.
Venus Williams’s strong start to the tennis season ended with a loss to No. 22 seed Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in the opening round of the Australian Open. Petra Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, was upset by Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand.
Maria Sharapova yesterday set an Australian Open record to advance to a semifinal against Li Na, who ended Agnieszka Radwanska’s perfect start to the tennis season.
Five-time champion Serena Williams lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open to 56th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova, ending her 17-match winning run in Melbourne.
"I'm surprised because she's a great player and it's really tough to play against her."
- Ekaterina Makarova on Jan 23, 2012