French Open 2016, Day 10 as it happened: Rain wrecks havoc, play cancelled once again

French Open 2016, Day 10 as it happened: Rain wrecks havoc, play cancelled once again
  • 22:24 (IST)

    Play cancelled for the day. After yesterday's washout, there was just two hours of play today. 

  • 21:29 (IST)

    Matches which haven't started yet are cancelled:

    Serena Williams vs Elina Svitolina,

    Venus Williams vs Timea Bacsinszky,

    Carla Suarez Navarro vs Yulia Putintseva,

    Kik Bertens vs Madison Keys

  • 21:21 (IST)

    News Update:

    The weather is not expected to improve in Paris and French Open organizers have announced that the first two men's quarterfinal matches scheduled for Tuesday have been postponed.

    Second-seeded Andy Murray is now set to take on ninth-seeded Richard Gasquet on Wednesday. Defending champion Stan Wawrinka, who was scheduled to play Albert Ramos-Vinolas, has also been given an extra day off.

    All matches which have already started won't resume before 6:00 p.m.

  • 20:43 (IST)

    Second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska is out of the French Open, losing to Tsvetana Pironkova 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 Tuesday in the fourth round.

    Radwanska, who held a 6-2, 3-0 lead when her match resumed on Court Suzanne Lenglen, lost 10 consecutive games to put herself in deep trouble.

    She asked for a medical timeout after the third game of the decider to receive treatment on her right forearm and hand. It didn't have an immediate effect as she dropped her serve at love in the next game.

    Radwanska finally managed to stop the downhill spiral when she broke in the fifth game but could not stop Pironkova from advancing to the quarter-finals.

  • 20:42 (IST)

    Samantha Stosur beat sixth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania 7-6 (0), 6-3. 

    The 32-year-old Australian, a finalist at Roland Garros in 2010, has reached the quarter-finals of the French Open for the fourth time. 

    The players were pulled off court in the first set on Sunday evening because of rain and darkness and could not play Monday when the entire day was washed out for the first time in 16 years.

    Stosur, the 2011 U.S. Open champion, will next play either Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria or Agnieszka Radwanksa of Poland.

  • 19:58 (IST)

  • 17:02 (IST)

    Tomas Berdych saying what we all have been thinking. Get a roof, Roland Garros! 

  • 16:55 (IST)

    Rain update:

    No play at Roland Garros before 5.30 PM IST. 

  • 16:38 (IST)

    News update:

    Novak Djokovic is not having an easy time in the rain at the French Open, dropping the first set of his fourth-round match against 14th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain by a 6-3 score.

    It is the first set Djokovic has lost in this year's tournament as he tries to win a fourth consecutive major title and complete a career Grand Slam.

    Djokovic has already been broken three times in four service games against Bautista Agut, who is trying to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

    Right after the opening set ended, play was suspended on Court Philippe Chatrier because of the weather, and Djokovic and Bautista Agut headed to the locker room.

    Rain is delaying play in all singles matches at the moment.

    AP

  • 16:27 (IST)

    Back to this then! Sigh. indecision

  • 16:26 (IST)

    Before rain:

    Halep-Stosur 5-3*

    Radwanska-Pironkova 6-2 3-0

    After rain:

    Halep-Stosur 6-7(0) 1-2*

    Radwanska-Pironkova 6-2 3-6

  • 16:25 (IST)

  • 16:21 (IST)

    Bautista-Agut (who won just 3 games in their last meeting in Madrid), captures 1st set 6-3 off world No1 Djokovic.

  • 16:13 (IST)

    Well...just when we thought things were looking up!

  • 16:09 (IST)

    Pironkova storms back against Radwanska, winning six straight games after a two-day delay to force third set 2-6, 6-3.

  • 16:01 (IST)

    Meanwhile, Pironkova has won four staright games against Radwanska since the resumption of their match. Both these women's matches were started on Saturday. 

  • 16:00 (IST)

    On Court 1, former finalist Samantha Stosur takes the first set against Simona Halep in the tie-break. She was trailing 3-5 and wins 18 of 26 points upon resuming, 7-6(0).

  • 15:35 (IST)

  • 15:35 (IST)

    Players are now out on court and warming-up for their matches. 

    Novak Djokovic and Roberto Bautista-Agut are out on Philippe-Chatrier Court while Aga Radwanska and Tsvetana Pironkova are on Lenglen for the resumption of their fourth round match. Radwanska leads 6-3, 3-0.

  • 15:28 (IST)

    The courts are being prepared for play! Here's hoping for live tennis soon. 

  • 15:18 (IST)

    Looks like we might have tennis soon. 

  • 15:17 (IST)

    Things not looking good for Day 10. 

So much for getting the French Open back on schedule: It's raining again at Roland Garros.

One day after the first complete washout of a day of play at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament in 16 years, more showers on Tuesday are delaying any action.

Tarps were briefly removed shortly before the scheduled start of play in hopes of getting started at 11 a.m. local time — three hours earlier than normal on the tournament's second Tuesday — but then the courts were covered again because a light drizzle grew heavier.

Rain has postponed play at Roland Garros. Getty

Rain has postponed play at Roland Garros. Getty

Monday was the first day entirely wiped out by wet weather at the French Open since May 30, 2000.

With a backlog of suspended or postponed matches, organizers were hoping to be able to make progress Tuesday and avoid the possibility of needing to push back the end of the tournament. As of now, there are still fourth-round matches in both the men's and women's singles draws that have not begun.

The women's singles final is supposed to be Saturday, with the men's singles final on Sunday.

Among the matches that are planned for Tuesday: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic against 14th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut on Court Philippe Chatrier, playing for a place in the quarter-finals.

That would be followed by defending champion Serena Williams in her delayed fourth-round match against 18th-seeded Elina Svitolina.

The first men's quarterfinals are also listed on the schedule, weather permitting: Second-seeded Andy Murray against No. 9 Richard Gasquet, and defending champion Stan Wawrinka against Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

(with inputs from AP)


Published Date: May 31, 2016 10:25 pm | Updated Date: May 31, 2016 10:26 pm


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