Garcia vs. Makarova
|Date & Time||Thursday September 28, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Ekaterina Makarova and Caroline Garcia meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Wuhan Open.
Ekaterina Makarova is coming off a straight sets win over Daria Kasatkina that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Makarova won 61 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Makarova has yet to drop a set in her last three matches and is coming off a match in which she won 49 percent of her return points. Makarova has simply been in terrific form this tournament, as she has both her serve and her return working, winning no less than 47 percent of her return points and dropping just 14 combined games in her last two matches. If Makarova can stay in this form, she has a shot to win her second title of the season. Makarova has lost four of her last five quarterfinal matches and hopes to reach her second semifinal of the season. Makarova has won seven of his last nine matches on hard court.
Caroline Garcia is coming off a straight sets win over Dominika Cibulkova that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Garcia won 67 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Garcia has won her last six sets and is coming off a match in which she won 52 percent of her return points. Garcia has lost a combined 10 games in her last two matches and is doing a great job of keeping the ball in play. Ever since losing the opening set to Angelique Kerber in the first match, Garcia has been as consistent as you’ll find a player in this tournament. Garcia has won seven of her last 10 quarterfinal matches and hopes to reach her fifth semifinal of the season. Garcia has won seven of her last nine matches on hard court.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
You can’t overlook the way Makarova has played this tournament and the competition she’s beaten to get to this point. However, Garcia is hitting the ball with great pace, making very few unforced errors and playing extremely clean tennis. She’s serving at a high percentage and has these viscous returns now and then that she just rips down the line. She’s playing really well at the moment.
I’m siding with Garcia to reach the semifinals.