(September 3, 2014) Ekaterina Makarova reached her first major semifinal, beating two-time major winner and US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday at the U.S. Open.
It still has not hit the Russian that she’s in a major semifinal when the 26-year-old was in press. “I am feeling the same like the matches before. Of course I’m happy that I’m came through, finally through the quarters and I’m in semis now. Today was a great, tough match. We played so many times with Vika; she beat me and I beat her. So today was a tough one, and I’m really happy that I came through.”
Azarenka’s manager said that she had food poisoning on Tuesday, but Azarenka gave all the credit to her opponent.
“I don’t really want to talk about it,” Azarenka said. “I just, you know, want to give credit to my opponent. She played really well today. Am I disappointed? Yes, I’m disappointed. But I feel like I tried my best with whatever I had. But, you know, I just want to wish her good luck. That’s it. I’m out of the tournament.”
Makarova, the 17th seed who has not lost a set yet in the tournament, beat Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard to get to the quarterfinals.
Makarova will play the winner of the semifinal between two-time defending champion Serena Williams and 11th seed Flavia Pennetta.