| NEW YORK, Sept 4
NEW YORK, Sept 4 The remnants of Hurricane Isaac
dumped rain on the U.S. Open on Tuesday, forcing the suspension
of play and threatening to cause extended delays to the last
grand slam of the year.
Play was suspended after 10 minutes of action on Tuesday
morning when heavy rain began falling on Flushing Meadows,
forcing players and spectators to run for cover.
The prospect of further disruptions was high with prolonged
thunderstorms forecast for the next two days, raising the
possibility of flash floods on the U.S. East Coast.
One singles match was underway when the rain arrived. World
number one Victoria Azarenka of Belarus was playing defending
champion Samantha Stosur of Australia in the quarter-finals.
Azarenka, who won the Australian Open this year, grabbed the
early initiative, breaking Stosur's serve twice to snatch a 3-0
lead in the first set before the darkened clouds erupted above.
Stosur was one of five former U.S. Open champions scheduled
to play on Tuesday.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic, the defending men's champion, was
due to face Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round
while American Andy Roddick, the 2003 champion who is retiring
after the tournament, is set to meet towering Argentine Juan
Martin del Potro, the 2009 winner, for a place in the quarters.
In the women's quarters, Russia's Maria Sharapova, champion
in 2006, was due to play Marion Bartoli of France.
At least 30 people were killed by Hurricane Isaac during its
deadly trek across the Caribbean, Louisiana and Mississippi that
left around half a million homes without power before weakening
and heading inland through the U.S. Midwest and East Coast.
(Editing by Frank Pingue)