MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 13: Venus Williams of the United States reacts in her first round match against Ekaterina Makarova of Russia during day one of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 13, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Melbourne – Ekaterina Makarova, who upset an injured Serena Williams in the fourth round of the 2012 Australian Open, completed a Melbourne Park sweep of the Williams sisters by eliminating Venus 2-6 6-4 6-4 to advance to the second round on Monday.

The 22nd seeded Russian came back from 3-0 down in the deciding set as seven-times grand slam champion Williams struggled to hold serve at Margaret Court Arena.

The 33-year-old Williams had conceded a decisive break in the second set with three successive double-faults and was powerless to prevent Makarova from sealing the match in a hurry.

Makarova brought up three match points with a big volley and closed it out when Williams blasted long on the second of them.

The Russian next faces American Irina Falconi. – Reuters