Sixteen-Year-Old Wild-Card Christina Makarova Comes Close to Upset at Childhelp Desert Classic


(February 5, 2013) Rancho Mirage, California – Sixteen-year-old wild-card Christina Makarova fought her way into a third-set Tuesday on the first day of main draw play at the Childhelp Desert Classic before falling in three sets to Zuzana Zlochova of Slovakia, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.
The event is a women’s $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event being played at the Rancho Las Palmas Country Club.
Makarova of San Diego was down a set and 1-5 before storming back to even the match at one-set all. “I tried to stay positive and was able come back and even it up,” she said. “I could have used a little more of that positive thinking in the third set. I came close but wasn’t able to pull it off.”
Makarova was 1-1 against Zlochova, ranked No. 263 in the world, coming into Tuesday’s match. She said she will await word on Wednesday on whether she will receive a wild card into next week’s Ranch Santa Fe $25,000 event.
Four main draw singles and doubles matches were played on Tuesday. No. 4-seeded Junri Namigata of Japan beat Australia’s Salley Peers, 6-2, 6-0, and unseeded Lisa Whybourn of Great Britain upset No. 7-seeded Yi-Fan Xu of China, 6-2, 6-2.
Eight players won final-round qualifying matches on Tuesday and will be inserted into the main draw. They included Irvine’s Mayo Hibi, the No. 10 seed who represents Japan, top-seeded Tetyana Areryeva of Ukraine, No. 3-seeded American Ashley Weinhold, Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic, Slovakia’s Jana Juricova, No. 15-seeded Viktoriya Tomova from Bulgaria, No. 7 seeded Sachie Ishizu of Japan and No. 12-seeded Rebecca Marino from Canada.
Childhelp Merv Griffin Village provides a home for 80-100 children that have been severely abused or abandoned by their parents. Several of the participants in the event will be visiting the facility and conducting a tennis clinic for the children.
For information on contributions to Childhelp email to EKuhle@aol.com.
Tuesday’s Scores
Main Draw Singles
Zuzana Zlochova (SVK) def. Christina Makarova (US) [wc] 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
Lisa Whybourn (GBR) def. Yi-Fan Xu (CHN) [7] 6-2, 6-2
Danka Kovinic (MNE) def. Alize Lim 6-2, 7-5
Junri Namigata (JPN) [4] def. Salley Peers (AUS) 6-2, 6-0
Main Draw Doubles
Jan Abaza (US) / Louisa Chirico (US) [wc] def. Angelina Gabueva (RUS) / Allie Will (US) 7-6(6) 7-6(6)
Tara Moore (GBR) / Melanie South (GBR) def. Tetyana Arefyeva (UKR) / Katerina Kramperova (CZE) [q] 7-6(3) 6-3
Emily J. Harman (US) / Rebecca Marino (CAN) [wc] def. Anamika Bhargava (US) / Macall Harkins (US) 6-7(4) 7-6(8) [10-8]
Lindsay Lee-Waters (US) [2] / Ashley Weinhold def. Kumiko Iijima (JPN) / Akari Inoue (JPN) 6-4 1-6 [10-8] [q]
Wednesday’s Schedule
Court 1 beginning at 9 a.m.
Irina Khromacheva (RUS) [3] vs. Lauren Albanese (US)
Followed by Julie Coin (FRA) [1] vs. Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran (BOL)
Followed by Krista Hardebeck (US) vs. Louisa Chirico (US) [wc]
Followed by Madison Brengle (US) / Kristy Frilling (US) vs. Elizabeth Lumpkin (US) / Lenka Wienerova (SVK)
Court 2 beginning at 9 a.m.
Ana Vrljic (CRO) [6] vs. Jan Abaza (US) [wc]
Viktoriya Tomova (BUL) vs. Madison Brengle (US) [2]
Rebecca Marino (CAN) [q] vs. Sachie Ishizu (JPN) [q]
Julie Coin (FRA) / Ana Vrljic (CRO) [1] vs. Malou Ejdesgaard (DEN) / Alize Lim (FRA)
Court 4 beginning at 9 a.m.
Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) vs. Katerina Kramperova (CZE)
Followed by Mayo Hibi (JPN) [q] vs. Mai Minokoshi (JPN)
Followed by Ashley Weinhold (US) vs. Belinda Bencic (SUI)
Followed by Miki Miyamura (JPN) / Junri Namigata (JPN) vs. Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran (BOL) [4] / Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR)
Court 5 beginning at 9 a.m.
Kimberly Yee (US) [wc] vs. Tara Moore (GBR) [8]
Followed by Petra Rampre (SLO) [5] vs. Tetyana Arefyeva (UKR)
Followed by Jana Juricova (SVK) vs. Nicola Geuer (GER)
Followed by Irina Khromacheva (RUS) / Sally Peers (AUS) [3] vs. Makoto Ninomiya (JPN) /
Yi-Fan Xu (CHN)
Past Singles
Year: Champion and Runner-up
2012: Johanna Konta (AUS) def. Lenka Wienerova (SVK)
2011: Ashley Weinhold (US) def. Kristyna Pliskova (CZE)
2010: Olivia Sanchez (FRA) def. Tadeja Majeric (SLO)
2009: Julia Vakulenko (UKR) def. Lauren Albanese (US)
Past Doubles
Year and Champion
2012: Sofia Shaptava (GEO) – Ekaterine Gordodze (GEO)
2011: Karolina Pliskova (CZE) – Kristyna Pliskova (CZE)
2010: Monique Adamczak (AUS) – Abigail Spears (US)
2009: Natalie Grandin (RSA) – Courtney Nagle (US)