Serena eyes revenge and place in U.S. Open final

Thu Sep 4, 2014 6:51pm EDT
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By Simon Cambers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Top-seeded Serena Williams will twin revenge with ambition when she faces Russia's Ekaterina Makarova on Friday with a berth in the U.S. Open final at stake.

Williams is bidding for her third consecutive U.S. Open title and 18th career grand slam victory. But having lost to the left-handed Russian at the 2012 Australian Open, she knows not to take anything for granted.

"She's beaten me before," the 32-year-old American said of her 17th-seeded opponent. "She moves well, doesn't care (about reputations), she gives 100 percent.

"It's going to be interesting for me to do the best that I can because she has a lot of momentum going into this match as well."

Having failed to reach the quarter-finals at any of the other three grand slam events this year, Williams joked that reaching the last four in New York was already a success.

"Realising that I don't have to win anymore, so everything now is just extra," she said. "That also helps."

Makarova beat seventh-seeded Canadian Eugenie Bouchard and Belarussian 16th seed Victoria Azarenka en route to her first grand slam semi-final and is also in the women's doubles final.

"I'm trying to stay in the shade and to be in my world," she said. "But I'm really enjoying playing on the big stage and the big courts with all this crowd. I'm feeling differently than in other places.   Continued...

Sep 3, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams (USA) celebrates after recording match point against Flavia Pennetta (ITA) on day ten of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports