Monday, September 10, 2012

Heavy winds delay US Open finals

Updated September 09, 2012 13:52:54

Heavy winds in New York have forced Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka's clash to be postponed until Monday (AEST) and the men's final to be held off until 24 hours later.

The match was scheduled to begin at 9:00am on Sunday (AEST), but bad weather forced the match to be put back 24 hours and it is now scheduled to begin at 6:30am on Monday (AEST).

The first semi-final between Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych was played after a 90-minute delay following heavy rain and a tornado warning with the Briton winning in four sets.

The second semi between Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer ended prematurely when Flushing Meadows was evacuated due to an incoming storm with Ferrer leading 5-2 in the first set.

This match is now set to resume at 1:00am on Monday (AEST) with the final now scheduled for 6:00am on Tuesday (AEST).

"They were brutal conditions, some of the worst I have ever played in," Murray, the 2008 runner-up, said after his 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7) win.

Serena Williams will be going for a fourth US Open title in six finals while Australian Open champion Azarenka, the world number one, is making her New York championship match debut.

Despite the testing conditions, the deluge and continuing storms did not dampen everyone's spirits at Flushing Meadows.

US tennis legend John McEnroe tweeted: "A tornado warning??? You cannot be serious!!!"


Tags: sport, tennis, united-states

First posted September 09, 2012 05:04:05

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