2014 U.S. Open Day Twelve
U.S. Open Women’s Singles Semifinals Friday Sept 5
1-Serena Williams beat 17-Ekaterina Makarova 6-1 6-3
10-Caroline Wozniacki beat Shuai Peng 7-6(1) 4-3 ret.
Serena Beats Makarova, Goes for 6th U.S. Open Title vs Pal Wozniacki as Peng Retires
September 5 2014 ITS Staff New York USA - Serena Williams continued her good form at the U.S. Open Championships semifinal against Ekaterina Makarova winning convincingly with a 6-1 6-3 victory on Friday.
Serena will face her friend Caroline Wozniacki in the final on Sunday and will attempt to win her record sixth U.S. Open crown, and No.18 Grand Slam title.
After both players held their opening serves, Williams reeled off nine consecutive games to take a commanding lead 6-1 4-0 before the No.17 seed Russian gave some resistance winning three of the next four games to close the gap at 5-3.
Serena then held on when Makarova’s forehand return went wide down the line securing the match in 59 minutes hitting 24 winners and 5 aces while limiting her unforced errors to 15.
Makarova, meanwhile, hit a paltry 6 winners as against 16 unforced mistakes. Makarova was playing her first Grand Slam semifinal after five previous career quarterfinal appearances in the majors.
Caroline Wozniacki reached her second U.S. Open final after Shuai Peng was unable to continue after over two hours under the heat on Friday afternoon. The No.10 seed was leading 7-6(1), 4-3 when Peng pulled back during a rally and started cramping on her leg. After a medical time-out and evaluation, Peng tried to play on but had to give up the match to Wozniacki as she was carried off the court.
Wozniacki, who was finalist to Kim Clijsters in 2009, was ranked World No.1 in 2010 without having won a Grand Slam title. A heart-breaking finish for Peng, meanwhile, will not negate her magnificent 2014 U.S. Open run having upset No.4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, No.14 Lucie Safarova, No.28 Roberta Vinci, and in the quarterfinals, Swiss Belinda Bencic.
Soares, Mirza Capture U.S. Open Mixed Gem
September 5 2014 ITS Staff New York USA - Brazil’s Bruno Soares and India's Sania Mirza captured the U.S. Open Mixed Doubles Championship crown on Friday when they defeated American Abigail Spears and Mexico's Santiago Gonazalez 6-1, 2-6, 11-9 on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Soares claimed his second US Open mixed doubles title the first one 2012 victory with Russian Ekaterina Makarova. Mirza has now collected three Grand Slam trophies in mixed doubles, 2009 Australian Open and 2012 French Open with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi.