The Washington Times - September 12, 2009, 07:58PM

You know that really annoying, fine, spritzy drizzle? It’s the kind of rain that makes you want to yell and the sky and say “Either rain for real or stop it altogether!”? 

Well that’s what we’re dealing with here at Flushing Meadows. It’s not pouring, but it’s enough to dampen the courts and make it impossible for tennis to be played. But officials are holding out hope that there will be a window to squeeze in some matches. I’m not sure where that window is, based on the forecast for tonight. 


Officials are in a tough situation here. If they postpone play now and it gets clear later, fans will be ticked. And to postpone everything until tomorrow would really make for a packed schedule, with two women’s semifinals, two men’s semifinals, and a women’s doubles semi. Also, it’s worth noting that CBS was going to televise the Serena Williams-Kim Clijsters semifinal in prime time, and you don’t give up that window unless you absolutely have to. 

One other consideration is that Serena Williams is also playing in the doubles final with her sister Venus. If the singles semis wrap up tonight, then the tournament won’t be forced to have Serena play both singles and doubles on the same day.