US Open 2014: Serena Williams vs Ekaterina Makarova match preview

A look ahead to the women’s semi-final match

With all odds in favour of Serena Williams not only to win her semi-final encounter against Ekaterina Makarova, but also the entire tournament; the Russian’s time left in the tournament seems short lived.

Makarova, ranked 18, has been on top of her game at Flushing Meadows this year not only breaking into the world top 20 for the first time in her career but also reaching her first singles Grand Slam semi-final.

Makarova has had a flawless route to the semi-final beating more successful players like Eugenie Bouchard or Victoria Azarenka, all without dropping a set. Nevertheless, Serena has played the same flawless tennis to earn her spot in the semi-final, but she is yet to face a top-10-opponent. And she won’t, as she is the only one still in the tournament.

Makarova will have to silence Serena’s dominant serve if she looks to get anywhere near beating the world number 1. With the second fastest serve in the tournament (122mph), and the second most aces (23), Serena’s serve could prove to be the edge she needs to defeat the in-form Russian.

Notably, Makarova has already beaten Williams once at the US Open this year, in the doubles tournament paired with Elena Vesnina, which could also work in her favour as she is already used to the star-power and hitting style of Serena. In addition, Makarova knows what it’s like to beat Serena at a Grand Slam, having beaten her before in 2012 at the Australian Open. Makarova will be looking to play in two finals if she defeats Serena, having already made it to the doubles final with Vesnina.

Ironically, if Makarova wins she will be the first female player to reach both singles and doubles final at the same event since Serena William’s won her singles and doubles finals at Wimbledon in 2012.

The winner will face either Shuai Peng or Caroline Wozniacki in the US Open final.

START: Friday, Arthur Ashe Stadium, not before 8.45pm (UK time)

PAST MEETINGS:

2014-Dubai (Hard) Williams won 7-6 6-0

2012- US Open (Hard) Williams won 6-4 6-0

2012- Australian Open (Hard) Makarova 6-2 6-3

STATS…

Williams is only the third player ever to accomplish a career Grand Slam (Winning all the Grand Slams in a calendar year) in singles and doubles.

Serena is also the only player ever; male or female, to complete a career golden slam (all Grand Slams + Olympic gold) in both singles and doubles.

Makarova already has two Grand Slam titles (French Open doubles, and US Open mixed doubles), but has never made it to a Grand Slam singles final.

Serena’s career prize money is the highest ever for women’s tennis, and fourth highest overall (men’s included). Serena has $56,897,689 in career prize money, 10 times more than Makarova’s $5,413,601.

Makarova has 105 unforced errors in the tournament, and 107 winners; Serena has 79 unforced errors and 105 winners.

Makarova only turned pro in 2004, nine years after Serena turned pro; yet Makarova has been defeated seven times in total at the US Open to Serena’s nine.

In addition, Makarova has lost 140 matches over her professional career, to Serena’s 114.

ODDS…

Williams to win 1.16

Makarova to win 7

TV: Sky Sports 3

News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Lena Dunham
booksLena Dunham's memoirs - written at the age of 28 - are honest to the point of making you squirm
Arts and Entertainment
A bit rich: Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey
tvDownton Abbey review: It's six months since we last caught up with the Crawley clan
Sport
Frank Lampard and his non-celebration
premier leagueManchester City vs Chelsea match report from the Etihad Stadium
PROMOTED VIDEO
Life and Style
A new app has been launched that enables people to have a cuddle from a stranger
techNew app offers 'PG alternative' to dating services like Tinder
News
Jacqueline Bisset has claimed that young women today are obsessed with being 'hot', rather than 'charming', 'romantic' or 'beautiful'
people
Arts and Entertainment
Jake Quickenden sings his heart out in his second audition
tvX Factor: How did the Jakes - and Charlie Martinez - fare?
Sport
premier league
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvOnly remaining original cast-member to leave crime series
Sport
Mario Balotelli celebrates his first Liverpool goal
premier leagueLiverpool striker expressed his opinion about the 5-3 thriller with Leicester - then this happened
News
Britain's shadow chancellor Ed Balls (L) challenges reporter Rob Merrick for the ball during the Labour Party versus the media soccer match,
peopleReporter left bleeding after tackle from shadow Chancellor in annual political football match
Arts and Entertainment
Female fans want more explicit male sex in Game of Thrones, George R R Martin says
tvSpoiler warning: Star of George RR Martin's hit series says viewers have 'not seen the last' of him/her
News
i100
News
i100
Sport
Plenty to ponder: Amir Khan has had repeated problems with US immigration because of his Muslim faith and now American television may shun him
boxing
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments