NEW YORK, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Ekaterina Makarova of Russia moved into U.S. Open semis after beating 16th-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-4, 6-2 here on Wednesday.
It was the first time for Makarova to enter a Grand Slam singles semifinal. Holding two Grand Slam titles in hand, the former World No. 1 Azarenka seemed to be a favourite, but Makarova changed the match to another direction.
"We played so many times with Vika, she beat me and I beat her," said Makarova after the match, "So today was a tough one, and I'm really happy that I came through."
The No. 17 seed made a break after 3-3, finishing the first set 6-4. Both players held serves in the second set until 2-2, and Makarova won the next four games to take home the victory.
"At the beginning was really tough to change the game to my way, you know, because she was really aggressive and let me move a lot," said Makarova, "so then she did a break, and I just tried to stay with my game, to play point by point, to be solid and turn it around."
Makarova was going to meet the winner between Serena Williams of the United States and Flavia Pennetta of Italy.