Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 11th 2015 Contents NEW YORK---Serena Williams
will have to wait to try to con-
tinue her bid for a calendar-year
Grand Slam: Her US Open semi-
final was postponed because of
rain in the forecast.
The top-seeded Williams was
supposed to face 43rd-ranked
Roberta Vinci of Italy last night
at Flushing Meadows, but nearly
four hours before that match
would have started, the US Tennis
Association---citing a prediction
of "rain throughout the
evening"---pushed back both
women s semifinals until today.
When the USTA announced
the rescheduling, there were dou-
bles and juniors matches in
Williams is trying to become
the first tennis player since Steffi
Graf in 1988 to earn all four Grand
Slam titles in a single season. She
won the Australian Open in Jan-
uary, the French Open in June,
and Wimbledon in July.
Now the 33-year-old American
has won her first five matches at
the US Open, and needs two
more victories to add that cham-
pionship to her 2015 collection.
The other women s semifinal
moved to today from yesterday
is No 2 Simona Halep of Romania
against No 26 Flavia Pennetta of
Italy. It will create a high-profile
and packed schedule for Friday,
when the men s semifinals already
were slotted. In those matches,
No 1 Novak Djokovic meets
defending champion Marin Cilic,
and No 2 Roger Federer plays his
Swiss Olympic and Davis Cup
teammate, No 5 Stan Wawrinka.
Williams vs Vinci was sup-
posed to start last night at 7 pm,
followed by the other women s
Now the first women s semi-
final will begin at 11 am today,
when the forecast is much more
promising. After that, the other
women s match will be held.
The men s semifinals will be
played afterward, beginning at 5
pm, instead of the originally
scheduled 3 pm.
The US Open has a long history
of scheduling problems due to
weather, including five consecu-
tive men s finals postponed from
Sunday to Monday from 2008-
12.As part of a broader, $500 mil-
lion-plus renovation plan for the
tournament site, the US Tennis
Association has been constructing
a retractable roof atop the main
court, Arthur Ashe Stadium, that
is planned to be ready for next
year s US Open.
For now, a framework of more
than 6,500 tons of steel sits atop
that stadium, but the work to
install the retractable panels will
resume after this year s tourna-
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RIAZA---Nicolas Roche of Ireland
won the hilly 18th stage of the
Spanish Vuelta yesterday, while
Dutchman Tom Dumoulin protect-
ed his slim lead over Fabio Aru.
Dumoulin responded to Aru s
repeated attacks on the final ascent
to keep his three-second advantage
over the Italian with three days to
go until the finish of the Grand Tour.
"A second for every day,"
Dumoulin said. "It s very little time
and a lot can happen in the coming
Roche beat fellow escapee Haimar
Zubeldia in a sprint to the finish line
to complete the 204-kilometre (127-
mile) ride from Roa to Riaza in just
over five hours.
"Zubeldia is a very strong and
experienced rider, I have lost many
sprints to him," Roche said in Span-
ish. "I tried to go first and to control
the speed, and it worked."
Roche, son of former cyclist
Stephen Roche, had to be attended
by medics for a wasp sting after the
"I was afraid of the bug! Well, I
am exaggerating, but I touched it
and it stung me," Roche said. "I
thought it would be bad luck!"
Dumoulin took the lead of the
general classification by erasing a
deficit of almost two minutes by
winning Wednesday s individual time
Back in the peloton yesterday,
Aru s Astana set a hard pace and
succeeded in shedding Dumoulin of
his Giant-Alpecin teammates. But
Dumoulin stayed pegged to Aru s
wheel on three separate attacks going
up the final category-one ascent,
while the rest of the top ten riders
in the general classification took
turns trying their luck only to be
Feeling fit, Dumoulin even saved
a little spurt to then turn Aru and
company into chasers.
"It was a difficult day, but I am
still in red," Dumoulin said.
"(Aru) was strong, but I knew
how to keep the red jersey. He spent
some energy in those attacks, and
when (Davi) Moreno went I followed
his wheel, so I did the little coun-
The race appears to be down to
a two-man contest with third-place
Joaquim Rodriguez still 1 minute, 15
seconds behind, and fourth-place
Rafal Majka 2 minutes, 22 seconds
Today s stage is another rolling
185.5-kilometer (115-mile) route from
Medina del Campo to Avila.
The race ends in Madrid on Sun-
Roche takes stage
...Dumoulin keeps Vuelta lead
Serena Williams, left,
hugs Venus Williams
after winning their
quarterfinal match at
the US Open tennis
tournament, Tuesday, in
New York. AP PHOTO
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