Australian Open: Deflated Ekaterina Makarova says she was psyched out
Australian Open: Deflated Ekaterina Makarova says she was psyched out

Russian 10th seed Ekaterina Makarova admitted Thursday she needed to improve her mental strength after allowing second seeded compatriot Maria Sharapova to run riot in their Australian Open semi-final.

Confident Sharapova shrugs off Serena dominance ahead of dream final
Confident Sharapova shrugs off Serena dominance ahead of dream final

Second seed Maria Sharapova insisted Thursday her "terrible" record against arch-rival Serena Williams was irrelevant after booking an Australian Open final showdown with the American top seed.

Australia Open, Day 11: Maria Sharapova powers into women's singles final
Australia Open, Day 11: Maria Sharapova powers into women's singles final

Second seed Maria Sharapova powered into the Australian Open final with a straight sets 6-3, 6-2 demolition of 10th seeded fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova on Thursday.

Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova hot favourites in Open semis
Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova hot favourites in Open semis

Top seed Serena Williams remains on a collision course with arch-rival Maria Sharapova after rampaging into the Australian Open semi-finals on Wednesday.

Simona Halep blames stress for Open surrender
Simona Halep blames stress for Open surrender

Third seed Simona Halep blamed stress for her quarter-final humiliation in the Australian Open quarter-finals on Tuesday, admitting she failed to cope on the big stage.

Australian Open: Rafael Nadal knocked out, Maria Sharapova sets up Ekaterina Makarova show in semis
Australian Open: Rafael Nadal knocked out, Maria Sharapova sets up Ekaterina Makarova show in semis

Russian second seed Maria Sharapova bundled out Canada`s Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets on Tuesday to cruise into the Australian Open semi-finals for the seventh time.

Golden girls clash in glam slam Aussie quarter
Golden girls clash in glam slam Aussie quarter

Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova takes on the game`s much-hyped "next big thing", Canada`s Eugenie Bouchard in a blockbuster Australian Open quarter-final on Tuesday.

Australian Open: Simona Halep halts Yanina Wickmayer to reach quarter-finals
Australian Open: Simona Halep halts Yanina Wickmayer to reach quarter-finals

Third seed Simona Halep broke her hoodoo against Belgian Yanina Wickmayer with a 6-4 6-2 win to sail into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.

Australian Open: Halep joins Sharapova​, Makarova in quarters; Nadal, Berdych, Kyrgios through
Australian Open: Halep joins Sharapova​, Makarova in quarters; Nadal, Berdych, Kyrgios through

Maria Sharapova was all business as she raced into the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday to set up a glamour showdown with rising star Eugenie Bouchard.

Andrea Petkovic into Sofia semis, Ekaterina Makarova pulls out
Andrea Petkovic into Sofia semis, Ekaterina Makarova pulls out

German fourth seed Andrea Petkovic defeated second-seeded Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 6-3 on Thursday to become the first player to qualify for the semi-finals of the WTA Tournament Of Champions.

Field set for WTA finals in Singapore
Field set for WTA finals in Singapore

Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard, Poland`s Agnieszka Radwanska, US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki and former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic have wrapped up the last four spots at the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore.

Sania-Cara lying fourth in Race to Singapore standings
Sania-Cara lying fourth in Race to Singapore standings

Sania Mirza, who will be skipping the Asian Games to focus on qualifying for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore, and Cara Black are lying fourth in the Race to Singapore standings with just over a month to go for the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore.

Makarova, Vesnina dash Hingis`s US Open title dream
Makarova, Vesnina dash Hingis`s US Open title dream

Martina Hingis`s hopes of winning her first Grand Slam doubles title since 2002 were shattered on Saturday when the Russian pairing of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina took the US Open title.

Makarova tunes up for Serena showdown with doubles win
Makarova tunes up for Serena showdown with doubles win

 Ekaterina Makarova limbered up for her US Open semi-final showdown with world number one Serena Williams by booking a spot in the women`s doubles final with Elena Vesnina on Thursday.

Serena Williams eyeing sixth US Open title
Serena Williams eyeing sixth US Open title

All joking aside, if this keeps up Serena Williams won`t need a back-up plan.

Serena Williams crushes Flavia Pennetta to reach US Open semi-finals
Serena Williams crushes Flavia Pennetta to reach US Open semi-finals

Two-times defending champion Serena Williams, in her black and white leopard dress, started quietly before roaring past 11th seed Flavia Pennetta 6-3 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

`No excuses` despite food poisoning, says beaten Victoria Azarenka
`No excuses` despite food poisoning, says beaten Victoria Azarenka

 Former world number one Victoria Azarenka refused to blame a pedestrian performance in her US Open quarter-final defeat on Wednesday on food poisoning suffered the day before.

Ekaterina Makarova beats Victoria​ Azarenka to reach US Open semi-finals
Ekaterina Makarova beats Victoria​ Azarenka to reach US Open semi-finals

 Ekaterina Makarova outslugged Victoria Azarenka, the U.S. Open runner-up the last two years, 6-4 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open.

Kei Nishikori, Ekaterina ​Makarova advance to US Open semi-finals
Kei Nishikori, Ekaterina ​Makarova advance to US Open semi-finals

Japan`s Kei Nishikori and Russia`s Ekaterina Makarova each reached their first grand slam semi-final after posting upset wins at the sun-drenched U.S. Open on Wednesday.

Serena Williams suffers US Open injury scare
Serena Williams suffers US Open injury scare

Serena Williams suffered a foot injury scare on the eve of her US Open quarter-final as she played doubles with sister Venus on Tuesday.