June 22, 2017

Li Na into First US Open Semifinal with win over Ekaterina Makarova



(September 3, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – No. 5 seed Li Na became the first women’s semifinalist on Tuesday when she defeated 24th seed Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2.

The Chinese player will play the winner of the match between No. 1Serena Williams and 18th and Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in the evening session.

“Today’s first time I was feeling so nervous,” Li said.  “Start beginning of the match until end of the match.

“But I was happy because at least I was fight(ing) a lot on the court.  Even (though) didn’t play best of tennis, but still fight and still in the tournament.

“So I think even this why I think even better in the last round, you know, because at least I try to stay as strong as I can.”

This will be the first time that Li has made the US Open semifinals, the first time a Chinese player has gone that far.

“Of course it was exciting, because first time in semi in US Open.  I was really proud for myself, because is the last Grand Slam for end of the year, but I still fighting a lot on the court to try the best.”

Asked about the possibility of playing Serna Williams Nest she said: “At least I have two days off, so of course it’s tough, tough opponent.  But is good challenge to play against her, because I think we always have tough match even in Cincy.

“Yeah, I still have a chance.  But for me today, I don’t have to think about more tennis, you know, so just relax,” she said with a smile.

“Then maybe tomorrow maybe a little bit warming up and prepare for Friday.”