Weather postpones women’s US Open final until today

The US Open women’s final between American Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus was postponed from last night until today due to a rainstorm and heavy winds, organisers announced.

The women’s final had been scheduled to start at 7pm in New York at Flushing Meadows.

The start time for the women’s final was not yet decided.

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The men’s final, featuring Andy Murray, is scheduled to be played today at 4:30pm (21:30 BST).

Weather could further complicate scheduling at the roof-less Arthur Ashe Stadium. Rain delayed the start of the semi-final between Olympic champion Murray and Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic for 90 minutes before they were able to take the court.

They were to be followed on to Arthur Ashe Stadium court by the second semi-final pitting defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia against Spain’s David Ferrer, although more threatening weather was forecast.

Further delays could extend the championships to a Monday finish, which would mark the fifth year in a row that the year’s final grand slam could not be completed by Sunday as scheduled.

Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova was frustrated by her three-set defeat to world No.1 Azarenka in Friday’s semi-final, but the Russian preferred to look on the bright side.

“I’m looking forward to checking out the ice cream truck that’s around the corner from my hotel,” she said after her grand slam campaign ended one hurdle short of the final in a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 loss.

“It’s been haunting me.”

Sharapova dominated many of the statistical categories in the two-hour 42-minute match, blasting 44 winners to just 19 for Azarenka and ripping eight aces to none for the Belarusian. However, she neutralised those numbers with 42 unforced errors compared to Azarenka’s 19, while committing ten double-faults.

The third-seeded Russian put her defeat down to her failure to take opportunities and a weaker return of serve.