Result: Ekaterina Makarova ousts Angelique Kerber

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 becomes the first woman through to the last eight of the women's draw at the Australian Open.

Ekaterina Makarova has advanced to the next round of the Australian Open with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Angelique Kerber.

Makarova broke Kerber at the first time of asking to move 3-0 ahead early in the first set.

The Russian secured a double break to go 5-2 ahead and serve for the match, but the fifth seed dug deep to stage a rousing comeback.

She broke twice to get back on serve, only to throw it away. Eventually, Makarova closed it out to seize the initiative.

The pair matched each other stride for stride in the second set, but Kerber was struggling on her own serve.

Makarova's persistence paid off as she secured the crucial break to go 5-4 ahead.

She did not repeat her mistakes from the first set and held comfortably to become the first player through to the last eight.

The 19th seed - who reached the quarter-final last year - will now play either Kirsten Flipkens or Maria Sharapova.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action against Ryan Harrison during the second round of the Australian Open tennis championship on January 16, 2013
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