Büyükakçay matches with Russian Makarova as Rio 2016 kicks off
ISTANBUL – Anadolu Agency
AA photoTurkish tennis player Çağla Büyükakçay’s first rival at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games will be Russian Ekaterina Makarova, the Turkish Tennis Federation has announced on its official social media account, as the young athlete gears up to be Turkey’s first Olympian in tennis.
Büyükakçay, currently ranked 73rd, is one of the best tennis players produced by Turkey in recent years and was the first Turk to win a WTA tour event when she captured the Istanbul Cup earlier in 2016.
Ranked 30th in the world, Makarova reached the semi-finals at the 2014 U.S. Open and the 2015 Australia Open and the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2014.
Tennis at the 2016 Rio Olympics is set to begin on Aug. 6 and the finals matches will take place on Aug. 12, 13 and 14.
A total of 103 Turkish athletes in 21 different sports will compete at the games in Rio de Janeiro between Aug. 5 and 21.