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Women’s final postponed until Sunday

September 09, 2012

Serena Williams in full flight as she demolished Sara Errani of Italy 6-1 6-2. — Reuters picSerena Williams in full flight as she demolished Sara Errani of Italy 6-1 6-2. — Reuters picNEW YORK, Sept 9 — The US Open women’s final between American Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus has been postponed from last night until today owing to an expected rainstorm and heavy winds, organisers announced.

Victoria Azarenka shows her appreciation to the crowd after she beat Maria Sharapova of Russia 3-6 6-2 6-4. — Reuters picVictoria Azarenka shows her appreciation to the crowd after she beat Maria Sharapova of Russia 3-6 6-2 6-4. — Reuters picThe women’s final had been scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. (2300 GMT) yesterday at Flushing Meadows.

The start time for the women’s final was not yet decided. The men’s final was scheduled to be played today beginning 4:30 p.m. (2030 GMT).

Weather could further complicate scheduling at the roof-less Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Rain delayed the start of yesterday’s men’s semi-final between Olympic champion Andy Murray of Britain and Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic for 90 minutes before they were able to take the court.

They were to be followed onto Arthur Ashe Stadium court by the second semi-final pitting defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia against Spain’s David Ferrer, although more threatening weather was in the forecast.

Further delays could extend the championships to a Monday finish, which would mark the fifth year in a row that the year’s final grand slam could not be completed by Sunday as scheduled.

Murray after the delay beat Berdych 5-7 6-2 6-1 7-6 to put himself in line to be the first British grand slam singles champion since Fred Perry in 1936.

Ferrer was leading Djokovic 5-2 when their match was suspended until today. — Reuters

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