Ekaterina Makarova has Maria Sharapova gameplan

Russia's Ekaterina Makarova celebrates winning the first set against Angelique Kerber in the fourth round of the Australian Open tennis championship on January 20, 2013
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Ekaterina Makarova says that she has a strategy for Maria Sharapova ahead of their Australian Open quarter-final.

Russian 19th seed Ekaterina Makarova has revealed that she has a specific gameplan to deal with Maria Sharapova.

The 24-year-old will once again do battle with her compatriot for a place in the last four of the Australian Open, having lost to the world number two at this stage of last year's tournament.

Sharapova has lost just five sets on her way to reaching the quarter-finals and Makarova conceded that she is in great form.

"The last few years we've played a lot of times and I never beat her, so I really want to play her again," said Makarova.

"She's playing really well. She's playing so aggressive and staying in the court. She's winning a lot of matches, but I have some plans against her."

Makarova has lost all four of her previous encounters with Sharapova.

Russia's Ekaterina Makarova celebrates winning the first set against Angelique Kerber in the fourth round of the Australian Open tennis championship on January 20, 2013
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