Updated: Thursday, 04 September 2014 02:26 | By Agence France-Presse

Makarova into US Open semi-finals

Russia's Ekaterina Makarova reached the first Grand Slam semi-final of her career on Wednesday, downing former world number one Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-2 at the US Open.

Makarova into US Open semi-finals

Ekaterina Makarova of Russia returns a shot to Victoria Azarenka of Bulgaria during their US Open Women's Singles match on September 3, 2014 in New York - by Timothy A. Clary

Makarova, a left hander ranked 18th in the world, had fallen in four prior major quarter-finals.

But she out-played two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka, who was runner-up to Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows each of the past two years but has been slowed by injury in 2014.

Makarova will face either world number one and five-time champion Serena Williams or Italian Flavia Pennetta for a place in the final.

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