Head-to-Head Matchup: 1-0 (Serena leads)
Last Meeting: 2009 China Open; Serena won, 6-3, 6-2
Coming off a 59-minute win and beating all of her opponents in straight sets, Serena is geared up to continue her trek to the final to secure her sixth Aussie Open singles title.
On the other side of the court, Makarova is coming off a stunning upset of the No. 7 seed Vera Zvonareva and a third-round doubles win.
Could this match cause Serena to break a sweat?
If so, it's good because when Serena feels any pressure, she simply steps up her game and plays even better. That makes for an even more exciting match for viewers.
And in this case, with that sixth Aussie title within reach, she has lots of motivation.