There won't be a new women's champion at the U.S. Open until at least Sunday because predicted bad weather has forced the match to be postponed.
UPDATE: Saturday, September 8 at 5:30 p.m. by Richard Langford
Weather is not done wreaking havoc on the 2012 U.S. Open. Along with the women's title match being pushed back to Sunday, one of the men's semi matches has been postponed.
Guarding Sport tweeted out this update:
With the forecast, see below, painting an ominous picture, there is a good chance this match, which David Ferrer leads 5-2 in the first set, won't conclude today. That would likely push the championship match to Monday.
Andy Murray already secured a spot in that match with a four-set victory over Tomas Berdych earlier in the day.
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Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch tweeted out the news:
The women's final for @usopen has been moved to Sunday (weather permitting). Could mean men's and women's final on same day.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) September 8, 2012
This sets up, weather permitting, the unique scheduling of crowning the men's and women's champion on the same day.
It has been raining on and off at Flushing Meadows on Saturday, and with the women's final scheduled for the evening, officials didn't want a weather-interrupted marathon match that went into the early morning.
It is easy to see how they came to this ruling. The National Weather Service predicts rain and thunderstorms this evening for Flushing Meadows.
Luckily, Sunday's forecast doesn't get any more gloomy than "partly cloudy."
Azarenka has to be thankful for the delay. While the current world No. 1 is playing wonderfully, she isn't going to stand a chance if Serena continues serving as she has in this tournament so far. The extra day of rest may throw off her rhythm.