Li Na becomes 1st Chinese to reach US Open semi-final

Updated: 2013-09-04 05:54


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NEW YORK - No. 5 seed Li Na overcame the second set lose to beat Ekaterina Makarova from Russia 6-4, 6-7 (7- 5), 6-2 on Tuesday en route to women's singles final four, becoming the first Chinese player to reach US Open semi-final.

Li also refreshed her personal US Open record by advancing into semi-final, and she reached at least semi-final for three straight WTA tournaments including in Toronto and Cincinnati.

Li Na becomes 1st Chinese to reach US Open semi-final

Li Na of China is congratulared by Ekaterina Makarova of Russia (R) after their match at the US Open tennis championships in New York September 3, 2013. [Photo/Agencies]

The world number six player was enjoying one of the best seasons in her career, reaching quarter-finals at three of the four Grand Slams, which was the first time for the 31-year-old player.

The Chinese talent moved in the Tuesday's match without losing a single set. She had previously played Makarova for three times, winning all of them.

And Tuesday's meeting was no difference from the last three.

Li held her service games to level the first set until 3-3, and managed to break in the seventh game thanks to a couple of unforced errors from Makarova. Neither player was able to break in the rest part of the set, which ended by 6-4 win for Li.

Both players suffered from ups and downs in the second set. They finished six breaks in the set (three for each) to enter the tiebreak. Li was leading 3-0 in the tiebreak, but the double fault disturbed her pace. Makarova took chance to take the tiebreak 7-5.

The final set stood in favor of Li again. The top Chinese single player won four straight games after 2-2 in the final set to end the match 6-2.

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