US Open 2014: Ekaterina Makarova beats Victoria Azarenka to reach first grand slam semi

Last Updated: 03/09/14 8:25pm

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Ekaterina Makarova celebrates after reaching her first grand slam semi-final

Ekaterina Makarova celebrates after reaching her first grand slam semi-final

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Russia's Ekaterina Makarova reached the first grand slam singles semi-final of her career with a straight sets victory over two-time US Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka.

Makarova, who is also through to the semi-finals of the women's doubles with Elena Vesnina, was the more consistent player throughout and won 6-4 6-2 to finally emerge triumphant in her fifth slam quarter-final.

Azarenka lost to Serena Williams in the final for the past two years and will drop out of the top 20 as a result of this loss.

The former world No 1 had played by far her best tournament since returning from a persistent foot injury at Eastbourne in June - although it had not been an easy journey and she was pushed all the way by 21-year-old qualifier Aleksandra Krunic in the previous round.

Makarova, on the other hand, went into the match having not dropped a set and upset seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard last time out.

Big hitting

It was a contest of fierce hitting but it was left-hander Makarova who recovered from a break down to edge the first set with a break of serve in the final game.

Azarenka put the pressure on early in the second set but Makarova resisted and then broke for 4-2 when Azarenka shovelled a backhand wide, prompting her to destroy her racquet.

It did not help her cause, though, with Makarova ending the match on a run of four games in a row, clinching victory following a forehand error from her opponent.

Makarova said: "Finally I am in the semi-finals. I had five chances and finally I'm here. It's a great feeling."

The 26-year-old is the only left-hander to beat Serena Williams at a slam and she could meet the world number one in the last four.

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