Day 10 results of the women’s singles from Flushing Meadows are here.
World No 2 Simona Halep reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open after winning a rain-interrupted tie against Victoria Azarenka on Wednesday. The construction of the roof of the Artur Ashe stadium is yet to be completed, leaving the U.S. Open vulnerable to rain for one more year.
Sudden rain sent Halep and Azarenka back to the locker rooms during their third set. The match restarted almost after two hours as the sun showed up. Halep defeated No 20 Russian Azarenka 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
“Thanks, God, for raining.” the Romanian second-seed revealed after her win. “Everything was negative in my head,” Halep also said. “The rain delay was perfect for me. It was unbelievable that I had another chance.”
Halep focused on her first set plans following a discussion with her coach Darren Cahill during the break. She returned with an ace to display her aggression, serving at 40-15 and 1-2 in the third set. She finally broke Azarenka at 3-3 for the sixth time in the match and held on to win the match.
Halep will now face Italian Flavia Pennetta in the semifinals on Thursday.
Flavia Pennetta in the semifinlas
World No 26 Flavia Pennetta defeated former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in another quarterfinal match. The Italian won 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
5th-seed Kvitova was diagnosed with mononucleosis this summer and limited her practice sessions. She didn’t drop any sets prior to the semifinals.
“I think just from the beginning of the match I didn’t really feel 100 percent ready today,” Kvitova said, who began to wither as the match progressed for more than an hour.
“Everyone was pushing the other one,” Pennetta said. “I think it was really important for us to have someone before us just to try to catch it all the time.”