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2013 U.S. Open: Rain gives Serena Williams an unexpected day off
On a gray, drippy day at Flushing Meadows, tournament officials postponed the defending champion’s second-round match against Galina Voskoboeva, along with seven others on the women’s singles slate.
Among those who did finish before the rain began were No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 5 seed Li Na, both straight-set winners in matches that kicked off the Day 3 schedule.
“It’s tough for them,” Li said after her 6-2, 6-2 victory over Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson, referring to all those whose schedules were thrown into turmoil. “For me, just relax all day and do whatever I want.”
Among those who returned to the court after a pair of rain delays that ate up about four hours were Venus Williams and No. 6 seed Juan Martin del Potro. Tournament officials kept the night session in Arthur Ashe Stadium on the slate, meaning defending champion Andy Murray and American Sloane Stephens were still supposed to play.
But officials postponed all second-round women’s matches that hadn’t started before the rain came, except one between Jamie Hampton and Kristina Mladenovic. They wanted to keep the winner of that match on the same schedule as the winner between Stephens and Urszula Radwanska.
In her match, Radwanska dropped only seven points during a 21-minute first set, but the second lasted 66 minutes.
Long, but not too long.
“Played first match and then I’m done,” Radwanska said. “I can just relax, watch others and do treatment and do whatever I want. Sometimes it’s good to play first, even when I have to wake up really early.”
Other early winners were 32nd-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and, on the men’s side, one-time top-10 player Marcos Baghdatis.
No. 17 Kevin Anderson returned to the court after the rain delay and wrapped up a 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Daniel Brands.
With the storm bearing down in the early afternoon, video monitors around the Billie Jean King Tennis Center warned fans to seek shelter and avoid trees because of potential lightning, though thousands of ticketholders were milling about without much concern for severe weather.
They’re used to this scene.
The U.S. Open has wrapped up a day late for five straight years because of rain delays.
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