Magic Makarova routs Halep to reach semi-finals

Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:28pm EST
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Ekaterina Makarova continued her impressive rise as a grand slam contender by dismantling listless third seed Simona Halep 6-4 6-0 to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

The 10th-seeded Russian, who made her maiden grand slam semi-final at the U.S. Open last year, leaped on Romanian Halep's serve, breaking her twice in the first set and three times in the second to roar to a 5-0 lead.

A shell-shocked Halep was utterly overwhelmed and meekly surrendered the match by crunching a backhand wide of the tramlines after 69 minutes.

Makarova will play the winner of Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard for a place in the final.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Ekaterina Makarova (R) of Russia shakes hands with Simona Halep of Romania after winning their women's singles quarter-final match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha