Ekaterina Makarova is hard to miss at the U.S. Open, no matter how low a profile she tries to maintain. Already into the semifinals in singles; today, the Russian and her partner and countrywoman, Elena Vesnina, advanced to the final in doubles. Makarova and Elena Vesnina, seeded 4th defeated Kimiko Date-Krumm and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 7-5, 6-3.
In the other doubles semifinal, Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta defeated 3rd seeds Cara Black and Sania Mirza 6-2, 6-4. Hingis, with partner Jana Novotna, won the U.S. Open doubles championship in 1998. That year, Hingis won the doubles Grand Slam.
The first singles semifinal tomorrow will be contested by Peng Shuai and Caroline Wozniacki. That match will be followed by the semifinal featuring top seed and two-time defending champion Serena Williams and Makarova. Williams is seeking her 18th major; none of the other players has ever won a major. Wozniacki was a finalist in the 2009 U.S. Open.