US Open 2014 Women's Semifinal: Makarova vs. Williams Preview and Prediction

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US Open 2014 Women's Semifinal: Makarova vs. Williams Preview and Prediction
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Serena Williams made things interesting, more interesting than needed, in her quarterfinal match against Flavia Pennetta. Williams dropped the first three games, then rattled off six in a row en route to a 6-3, 6-2 win over the Italian.

"I felt she was playing really well," Williams said during the ESPN broadcast. "I don't feel like I was doing anything wrong. I said, 'If she keeps it up she deserves the win.' I just tried to do a little better."

Ekaterina Makarova, meanwhile, keeps on de-seeding the women’s field. She took down a boiling No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard in the fourth round and a two-time U.S. Open semifinalist in No. 16 Victoria Azarenka.

Now a hungry-for-vengeance-in-the-Grand-Slams Williams and one of the hottest left hands in Makarova meet in the top half of the women’s semifinal bracket.

It’s power and finesse for a trip the final. Read on for the key points of this intense matchup.

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