Only two steps from completing a calendar at the Grand Slam, top ranked defending champion Serena Williams is being confronted by an opponent even she can’t defeat — rain.
Williams is trying to become the first tennis player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win all four Grand Slam singles titles — the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open — in the same season.
The rain showers caused a delay in doubles and junior matches on Thursday and will be played on Friday. However, a possibility of rain on Friday and Saturday, according to the weather forecast, could postpone the women’s Semi Final matches at Arthur Ashe Stadium for two more nights, Yahoo noted.
The matches on Friday begins with Williams vs Vinci at 11a.m., according to the USTA. Ticket holders for sessions 21 and 22 can begin entering the stadium at 10 a.m.
“The overnight delay will also affect the scheduling of the men’s semifinal matches that were already planned for Friday. Instead of beginning at 3 p.m., they will now begin at 5 p.m. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic will meet defending U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic of Croatia, and Stan Wawrinka will face fellow Swiss star Roger Federer,” the Washington Post reported.
Williams vs Vinci was supposed to start Thursday night at 7pm, followed by Flavia Pennetta vs Simona Halep.
The retractable roof at the Arthur Ashe Stadium has not been completed yet but the $5oo million plus renovation plan is expected to be completed for next year’s U.S. Open. The addition of the roof hope to amp up the fan experience for the audience during Tennis competitions.
“I don’t think anyone would view the stadium, even though the roof isn’t finished, as any less of an experience than last year,” Danny Zausner, chief operating officer of the National Tennis Center, told USA Today .
“If anything, it will be better.”
As for the men’s semifinals matches, they will also be moved. Novak Djokovic vs Marin Cilic will be at 5 pm, while Stan Wawrinka vs Roger Federer will follow.