Tennis: Li becomes first Chinese to reach US Open semis
NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Li Na became the first Chinese player to reach the semi-finals of a United States (US) Open when she beat Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2 in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Li, seeded fifth at Flushing Meadows, reeled off the last four games to seal victory after nearly two and a half hours at Arthur Ashe Stadium, raising both fists in the air as the New York crowd roared its approval.
"This is my first time in the semi-finals so I'm very proud of myself," Li, already the only player from the world's most populous country to win a grand slam singles title, said in a courtside interview.
"After losing the second set, I was feeling a little bit sad... so I just told myself to play point by point and try my best." Li's semi-final opponent will be either world number one Serena Williams or Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro after they were scheduled to meet in Tuesday's feature night match.