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The fourth-round match was played as temperatures hit above 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit).
Makarova’s two previous grand slam appearances — at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year — ended with losses in the first round as she faded from a career-high 29th in the rankings — a position she reached with last-16 appearances in Melbourne and at the French Open.
“I’m surprised because she’s a great player and it’s really tough to play against her,” said the 23-year-old Makarova, who will next play her fourth-seeded compatriot Maria Sharapova.
“But, I don’t know, I was just feeling so good and so focused. So I played my game, and that’s it. I won against Serena. That’s amazing.”