Russian Ekaterina Makarova is playing some of the best tennis of her career at the moment. The Russian reached the quarter finals of the Australian Open in January for the second year in a row and her big swinging left handed game has earned her many fans.
And Makarova contributes former French Open champion Anastasia Myskina as one of the psoitive influences on her and her game. Speaking to the WTA Tour website, Myskina commented, "She was always my favorite player and still is my favorite player.
She has really helped me to focus the things that are happening in my head into tactics. She is great to help with how to play someone, which combinations - she really is the perfect player. Off the court we talk like friends and on the court she still gets all my respect." "I took the fitness trainer and the physio with me, and Anastasia Myskina also started to help me from the beginning of last year, so all these people and the team being bigger helped me a lot." Makarova is currently ranked no. 19 in the world. Myskina won the French Open in 2004 and retired a few years later due to injury.