Ekaterina Makarova was defeated by Simona Halep in the quarterfinals of the Dubai tournament unfortunately. It was a tough and close match. It lasted for 2 hours 7 minutes. The quality of tennis, especially in the third set, was stunning – it was indeed the match of two strong Top-10 players.
The winners/errors statistics counts in Kate’s favor: 23 winners in contrast to 14 of Halep and 34 unforced errors in contrast to 42 of Simona.
Ekaterina had too many small flaws (errors of depth and at the net) – as she said in the interview, she is not in her best shape now. Moreover, Simona acted perfectly on return causing problems to Kate all the time. Makarova could not always handle the finishing shots but it is great that she tried to play active and sharp through all the match, approached the net often (won 11 out of 22 approaches).
Kate has truly shown her champion character and combativity: she saved her two games from 0:40, saved 14 break points in the match, did not allow Simona serve for the match, in the last game on her serve saved four match points but unfortunately failed to save the fifth one due to the error of depth.