WASHINGTON, September 8, 2012 — Fierce rain and threats of a tornado on Saturday brought the US Open to a halt at Flushing Meadows, N.Y., postponing the Final match up between American Serena Williams and Belarusian Victoria Azarenka to Sunday.
The men’s Single Semi-finals have resumed, but the players may yet find themselves rained out and would then have to wait till Sunday, meaning they could be playing their Final on Monday. Brit Andy Murray (No. 3) just beat Czech Tomas Berdych (6) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 while defending US Open champion Serbian Novak Djokovic (No. 2) and Spain’s David Ferrer (No. 4) were forced to stop their match just a few minutes ago thanks to a dangerous storm approaching.
The starting time for the Williams (No. 4) and Azarenka (No. 1) Final match will be determined Saturday night, resulting in a headache for CBS, which is broadcasting the Open. CBS could find itself pressed for time with a serious scheduling problem between a 1 p.m. NFL game and the 7 p.m. “60 Minutes” with the Navy Seal author who wrote the book on the killing of Osama bin Laden.
The odds-on favorite to upset the US Open Super Saturday once again, as it has for the last four years, has been the weather, making a Monday Final game a reality for the men. As for which woman will take home the trophy, odds makers are ignoring the rankings and pronouncing Serena the favorite. And for good reason.
There is no doubt who is really number one and who should win on Sunday, no matter how good Azarenka is. Clearly Serena has dominated the Open just as she did at the Olympics, trotting home a Gold Medal, and as she did at Wimbledon earlier this summer. Her serve has been formidable at the Open with 50 aces, the most of any player in the tournament. If anything, this is Serena’s year and she has never looked better.
Can she lose? Can she stumble as she did last year with her infamous foot fault and her resulting tirade against the line judge? Or is Serena serene this year? It would be a shocker to see her come this far and unravel once again, losing to Azarenka as she did last year to Samantha Stosur. But stranger things have happened, particularly at the US Open and to Serena Williams.
Azarenka had some tough matches in this US Open against Stosur and Maria Sharapova, but they may have only sharpened her game. Plus she is has been amazing at returning serves this past week and loves the hard clay court as much as Serena. But Azarenka has to be at her personal best to topple Serena, and it must be daunting to know that in the last ten times that she has faced Serena, she lost nine of those matches.
Sunday should deliver a super-duper match between the two women, one that could overshadow the men’s Final.
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