Makarova has stunned her Romanian opponent to breeze into the Australian Open semi-finals.
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Makarova needed just 70 minutes to defeat her Romanian counterpart and book a maiden semi-final appearance at Rod Laver Arena.
The Russian dominated from the outset, racing out to a three game lead in first set, but it served as a wake-up call to Halep who broke Makarova back to make it 3-2.
Both players held their respective serves for the remainder of the set, with Makarova keeping her cool to close out the set at 5-4.
Halep struggled massively in the second set as Makarova built on her solid first set performance and broke the third seed’s serve on three occasions to win the set 6-0.
Makarova will now face the winner of Eugenie Bouchard and Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals.