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Rain Thursday forces postponements at French Open

 Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova reacts after defeating Germany's Andrea Petkovic during a second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the...
 Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova returns the ball to Germany's Andrea Petkovic during a second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Ro...
 Two spectators wait under an plastic raincoats while experiencing a rain delay in second round play during the French Open tennis tournament at the R...
 A spectator waits under an umbrella while experiencing a rain delay in second round play during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garro...

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Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova reacts after defeating Germany's Andrea Petkovic during a second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the...

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Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova returns the ball to Germany's Andrea Petkovic during a second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Ro...

France Tennis French Open

Two spectators wait under an plastic raincoats while experiencing a rain delay in second round play during the French Open tennis tournament at the R...

France Tennis French Open

A spectator waits under an umbrella while experiencing a rain delay in second round play during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garro...

French Open matches involving Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams were postponed Thursday after rain delayed the start of play for more than four hours.
The covers finally came off the courts at mid-afternoon, and officials hoped to complete much of the schedule, although rain remained in the forecast for the rest of the day.
Six second-round singles matches and 16 doubles matches were postponed. Among those delayed until Friday were Nadal's match against Horacio Zeballos, and Williams' match against Julia Goerges.
Those still scheduled to play included four-time champion Justine Henin, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick.
The players' cafeteria and lounge areas in the main stadium were packed with players and their entourages, and there were long lines at concession stands and souvenir shops. Several hundred fans sat under umbrellas on center court watching a video replay of last year's final between Roger Federer and Robin Soderling.
Rain came with the tournament already behind schedule following three delays Wednesday, the longest of which lasted 90 minutes. Four men's second-round matches were suspended because of darkness Wednesday night, and four women's matches were postponed.
The only washout of an entire day's schedule on record at Roland Garros occurred May 30, 2000. Even so, the French tennis federation has been pushing for a roof and has studied the possibility of moving the tournament, with a site next to the Versailles castle among the locations being considered.
A project announced last year to build a new court with a retractable roof less than 500 yards from the current center court was blocked because of political issues.
Wimbledon added a retractable roof last year atop a stadium that opened in the 1920s, and the Australian Open has retractable roof over two courts. But the French and U.S. Open must wait when it rains, and that's what happened Thursday.
About 1 1/2 hours after play was scheduled to begin, Djokovic stood chatting with a group of people, a racket bag slung over each shoulder.
"Well," Djokovic concluded, parting ways and heading downstairs to the locker room, "the show must go on."
More than two hours later, the show was still on hold.
On Wednesday, defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova made a great escape against Andrea Petkovic, who held four match points in the second set but lost 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.
"The one thing in the world I want is to be here right now, and I want to win so badly," the No. 6-seeded Kuznetsova said. "From here on, I move on much more confident."


Updated : 2021-02-27 21:22 GMT+08:00