Tennis - Makarova into US Open semi-finals

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Tennis - Makarova into US Open semi-finals
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: Ekaterina Makarova of Russia looks on against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during threir women's singles quarterfinal match on Day Ten of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/AL BELLO)

- Russia's Ekaterina Makarova reached the first Grand Slam semi-final of her career on Wednesday, downing former world number one Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-2 at the US Open.

Makarova, a left hander ranked 18th in the world, had fallen in four prior major quarter-finals.

But she out-played two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka, who was runner-up to Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows each of the past two years but has been slowed by injury in 2014.

Makarova will face either world number one and five-time champion Serena Williams or Italian Flavia Pennetta for a place in the final.

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