US Open 2014: Sky Sports previews Friday at Flushing Meadows
Last Updated: 05/09/14 6:48pm
Ekaterina Makarova admits it would be a dream come true to win a grand slam title ahead of her US Open semi-final against Serena Williams.
The 26-year-old Russian has already tasted success against Williams at Flushing Meadows this year – teamed up with Elena Vesnina to beat Serena and her sister Venus in the quarter-final of the doubles.
However Makarova has lost three of her four singles matches against Williams, including at the US Open in 2012.
Makarova, the world No 18, is hoping that she can now go all the way in New York, though.
"To win the Grand Slam it's ... always the dream," she said. "From the kid when I was going to school and then came back home and watching some matches. You don't believe that you can be here, and finally you're here and going so far."
Top-seeded Williams, though, will pose the left-hander a number of problems, however Makarova remains undeterred.
"It's special, but I'm not thinking all the time I'm in a Grand Slam against Serena," Makarova added.
Williams, the five-time champion, remains the favourite to advance to the final having regained her form.
Having lost in the fourth round at the Australian Open, the second round of the French Open and in the third round at Wimbledon, things have clicked once again for the 32-year-old – who is yet to drop a set en route to the last four.
By the time Williams and Makarova go head-to-head, their opponent will already be known – with Shuai Peng and the No 10 seed Caroline Wozniacki meeting in the first semi-final.
Unseeded Peng has been in superb form, with the No 39 having already seen off three ranked players - Roberta Vinci, Lucie Safarova and Agnieszka Radwanska – at Flushing Meadows.
However the 28-year-old from China has struggled against Wozniacki, losing five on the bounce against the Dane since winning their first encounter back in 2007.
And like Williams in the other semi-final, Wozniacki has enjoyed a promising run of form in the last grand slam – so she will fancy her chances of reaching the final here for a second time.