2014 U.S. Open Day Ten
U.S. Open Men’s Singles Quarterfinals Wednesday Sept 3
1-Novak Djokovic beat 8-Andy Murray 7-6(1) 6-7(1) 6-2 6-4
Kei Nishikori beat 3-Stanislas Wawrinka 3-6 7-5 7-6(7) 6-7(5) 6-4
U.S. Open Women’s Singles Quarterfinals Wednesday Sept 3
1-Serena Williams beat 11-Flavia Pennetta 6-3 6-2
17-Ekaterina Makarova beat 16-Victoria Azarenka 6-4 6-2
Nishikori Stuns Wawrinka in Another Epic Five-Set Win to Reach First Major Semis
September 3, 2014 ITS Staff New York USA - Kei Nishikori followed up another thrilling five-set quarterfinal victory over reigning Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(7), 6-7(5), 6-4 in four hours and 15 minutes at the US Open to earn his first Grand Slam semi-final spot.
Nishikori clinched a fourth round 5-set epic win over No.5 seed Canadian Milos Raonic in a match that ended in the wee hours of Tuesday (2:26am) morning. His triumph over the World No.4 Swiss marks the first time a Japanese reached the U.S. Championships since Ichiya Kumagae in 1918.
The Shimane-born World No. 11 also becomes the first Asian-born male player to reach a Grand Slam semifinal in 53 years since India’s Ramanathan Krishnan did it at Wimbledon in 1960 and again in 1961. Nishikori came into New York having lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open and at Wimbledon bowing out to Rafael Nadal and Raonic respectively.
Before his two epic five set wins over Raonic and Wawrinka, Nishikori defeated American Wayne Odesnik in his opener, Spain’s Pablo Andujar in the second round, and Leonardo Mayer of Argentina in the third.
Makarova Surges Past Azarenka; Faces Serena in Her First Grand Slam Semifinal
September 3 2014 ITS Staff New York USA - Ekaterina Makarova made a career move on Wednesday reaching the semifinals of a Grand Slam for the first time after defeating 2012, 2013 U.S. Open finalist Victoria Azarenka 6-4 6-2.
The No.17 seed Makarova came into the match having ousted 2014 Wimbledon finalist and No. 7 seed Eugenie Bouchard 7-6, 6-4 the previous round.
The Arthur Ashe Stadium match fetured a highly competitive first set with the No.16 seeded Belarusian breaking first to lead 3-2, but the Moscow-resident Russian broke immediately back. After several holds, Makarova, who has five career quarterfinal appearances in Grand Slams, broke again on the tenth game to clinch the opening set 6-4.
In the second set, the former World No.1 and two-time Australian Open champion was unable to hold off Makarova’s pressure succumbing with a total of 27 unforced errors sending the Russian to a semifinal showdown against two-time defending champion Serena Williams
Meanwhile, Azarenka, who missed most of the first half of the 2014 seson, will drop out of the Top 20 when the new rankings come out next week.
World No.1 Williams entered her fourth straight U.S. Open semifinal with a 6-3 6-2 straight-sets win over No. 11 seed Flavia Pennetta in Arthur Ashe Stadium Tuesday night.
Pennetta, who came in with 0-5 head-to-head career match against the top-seed, started strong breaking twice to lead 3-0 in the opening set but Williams streaked for six consecutive games clinching the set in just 29 minutes.
In the second stanza, the 17-time Grand Slam winner broke on the fifth game a several baseline winners then held to secure the contest after 63 minutes tallying 31 winners and seven aces.