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Sep 4, 2014

Tennis-Serena crushes Pennetta to reach Open semi-final

NEW YORK, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Two-times defending champion Serena Williams, in her black and white leopard dress, started quietly before roaring past 11th seed Flavia Pennetta 6-3 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

The world number one lost her first two service games to Pennetta to fall behind 3-0 before snapping to attention and rattling off the next six games to claim the first set.

Sep 4, 2014

Tennis-Serena sails through, Nishikori blazes trail for Japan

NEW YORK, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Serena Williams and Ekaterina Makarova sprinted into the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday but marathon man Kei Nishikori had to go the distance to upset Stan Wawrinka and become the first Japanese man into the last four of a grand slam in 81 years.

On a sultry evening, Williams sleepwalked through the start of her quarter-final with Flavia Pennetta as the 12th seeded Italian broke twice on the way to a shock 3-0 lead.

Sep 4, 2014

Serena crushes Pennetta to reach U.S. Open semi-finals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two-times defending champion Serena Williams got off to a sluggish start before roaring past 11th seed Flavia Pennetta 6-3 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

The top seed will meet Russian 17th seed Ekaterina Makarova, who reached her first grand slam semi-final with a 6-4 6-2 victory over 16thseed Victoria Azarenka, runner-up to Williams in the last two Opens.

Sep 4, 2014

Tennis-Serena crushes Pennetta to reach U.S. Open semi-finals

NEW YORK, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Two-times defending champion Serena Williams got off to a sluggish start before roaring past 11th seed Flavia Pennetta 6-3 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

The top seed will meet Russian 17th seed Ekaterina Makarova, who reached her first grand slam semi-final with a 6-4 6-2 victory over 16thseed Victoria Azarenka, runner-up to Williams in the last two Opens.

Sep 4, 2014

Nishikori, Makarova advance to U.S. Open semi-finals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Japan’s Kei Nishikori and Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova each reached their first grand slam semi-final after posting upset wins at the sun-drenched U.S. Open on Wednesday.

Tenth-seeded Nishikori registered his second consecutive big upset by edging third-seed Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 3-6 7-5 7-6 (7) 6-7 (5) 6-4 to become the first Japanese man in 81 years to reach a grand slam semi-final.

Sep 4, 2014

Tennis-Nishikori, Makarova advance to U.S. Open semi-finals

NEW YORK, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Japan’s Kei Nishikori and Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova each reached their first grand slam semi-final after posting upset wins at the sun-drenched U.S. Open on Wednesday.

Tenth-seeded Nishikori registered his second consecutive big upset by edging third-seed Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 3-6 7-5 7-6 (7) 6-7 (5) 6-4 to become the first Japanese man in 81 years to reach a grand slam semi-final.

Sep 3, 2014

Makarova tops Azarenka to reach U.S. open semis

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Russian left-hander Ekaterina Makarova made her best mark in grand slam singles by outslugging Victoria Azarenka, the U.S. Open runner-up the last two years, 6-4 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open.

The 17th-seeded Russian was steadier and more explosive with her big groundstrokes in dismissing the 16th seed from Belarus and advancing to the last four of a major for the first time after four losses in the quarter-finals stage.

Sep 3, 2014

Tennis-Makarova tops Azarenka to reach U.S. open semis

NEW YORK, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Russian left-hander Ekaterina Makarova made her best mark in grand slam singles by outslugging Victoria Azarenka, the U.S. Open runner-up the last two years, 6-4 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open.

The 17th-seeded Russian was steadier and more explosive with her big groundstrokes in dismissing the 16th seed from Belarus and advancing to the last four of a major for the first time after four losses in the quarter-finals stage.

Sep 3, 2014

Wozniacki wallops Errani to reach semi-finals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki used her aggressive groundstroke game to near perfection on Tuesday and pummeled Italy’s Sara Errani 6-0 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open.The 10th seed reached the last four at a grand slam for the first time since 2011 by beating Errani at her own strategy, engaging in long baseline rallies but using superior power to open the court and find lanes for winners.

Dane Wozniacki walloped winners of all varieties, belting 26 of them to just 12 for her Italian opponent, who looked dazed and confused at times on court.

Sep 3, 2014

Tennis-Wozniacki wallops Errani to reach semi-finals

NEW YORK, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki used her aggressive groundstroke game to near perfection on Tuesday and pummeled Italy’s Sara Errani 6-0 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open.

The 10th seed reached the last four at a grand slam for the first time since 2011 by beating Errani at her own strategy, engaging in long baseline rallies but using superior power to open the court and find lanes for winners.