U.S. Open women's semis postponed due to rain threat

Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:09pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Open women's semi-finals scheduled for Thursday evening have been postponed due to the threat of rain.

Both the men's and women's semis will now be played on Friday, tournament officials announced.

Play was scheduled to begin at 7pm ET on Thursday with world number one Serena Williams taking on Italian Roberta Vinci.

The delay puts the American's calendar-year grand slam bid on hold.

That match would have been followed by second seed Simona Halep against Flavia Pennetta of Italy.

An action-packed Friday marathon of action will now start at 11am ET with the Halep-Pennetta match, followed by Williams versus Vinci.

The men's semi-finals will follow, with world number one Novak Djokovic tacking defending champion Marin Cilic and then an intriguing all-Swiss matchup between five-times U.S. Open winner Roger Federer and French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.

This will be the last year the U.S. Open will have to deal with delays and postponements on the main venue Arthur Ashe Stadium court, because a retractable roof will be fully operational next year.

Fans entering the massive 23,000 seat stadium the past two weeks have had a glimpse of the skeleton structure taking shape over the showcourt.   Continued...

Arthur Ashe Stadium sits covered in rain tarps at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton