Ekaterina Makarova reached the top 10 in singles and was a former world No. 1 in doubles. (Getty Images)

Ekaterina Makarova, an Australian Open singles semifinalist in 2015 and a two-time doubles finalist at the tournament, announced her retirement just last month. 


Dear friends! I have important news for you today. I made a difficult decision to end my professional career in tennis. Today I want to thank everyone who has been with me shoulder to shoulder all these years. Who took part in my sports career, starting from my childhood and ending with it. I was lucky enough to work with the best team of professionals. My favorite coaches, sparring, massage therapists, and osteopaths. My team has always been my mainstay and support. I would like to thank my lovely family and friends who have always been there for me. I always feel your love and support. My family is my source of energy and inspiration. My dear, faithful fans! You have always supported me anywhere in the world. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Your faith in me, gave me strength and helped me move forward to victories! I am very happy and proud of my sports career. It's time to move on and start a new stage in my life. Your Kate Дорогие друзья! Сегодня у меня для вас важная новость. Я приняла непростое решение о завершении профессиональной карьеры в теннисе. Сегодня я хочу поблагодарить каждого, кто был со мной плечо к плечу все эти годы. Кто принимал участие в моей спортивной карьере, начиная с самого детства и до ее завершения. Мне посчастливилось работать с лучшей командой профессионалов. Мои любимые тренеры, спарринги, массажисты, остеопаты. Моя команда всегда была для меня опорой и поддержкой. Самую большую благодарность я выражаю моей любимой семье, мои близким, что всегда были рядом. Я всегда чувствую вашу любовь и поддержку. Моя семья - мой источник энергии и вдохновения. Дорогие мои, преданные фанаты! Вы всегда меня поддерживали в любой точке земного шара. Благодарю вас от всей души! Ваша вера в меня придавала мне сил и помогала двигаться вперед, к победам! Я очень довольна и горжусь своей спортивной карьерой. Наступило время двигаться дальше и начинать новый этап в своей жизни. Ваша Катя

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The Russian’s success in Melbourne is only a small part of the story for one of the WTA Tour’s most versatile players of the past decade. Over the course of her career, Makarova reached the Top 10 in singles—peaking at No. 8 in 2015—and the No. 1 spot in the doubles rankings.

Teaming up with countrywoman Elena Vesnina, the duo won a Gold Medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and closed that season with the title at the WTA Finals. They also won three of the four Grand Slams—only missing out at the Australian Open—with their most recent major victory coming at Wimbledon in 2017. There, the two made one of the most emphatic statements in a Grand Slam final in the history of the game as they defeated Hao-Ching Chan and Monica Niculescu 6-0, 6-0.

In singles, Makarova topped many of the recent greats: Venus Williams, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, to name a few. She won three singles titles out of five finals, with her last one coming in Washington as she rallied to beat Julia Goerges in three sets.

Singles, doubles—the category hardly mattered. Makarova did more than enough in both disciplines to have made an impact on the women’s game.