Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova seized on a listless performance from Serena Williams to send the five-time champion crashing in a major shock at the Australian Open on Monday.
Williams, a 13-time slam-winner, was expected to cruise past the 23-year-old Russian, who surprised seventh seed Vera Zvonareva in the third round.
But almost from the first point it was obvious that Williams was not her usual self as mistakes came thick and fast from her racquet, 37 in all.
The 30-year-old’s movement was also below-par and she often didn’t even attempt to chase down wide balls. In contrast, Makarova was going after everything and waiting for the almost inevitable mistakes.
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