U.S. Open women's championship moved to Sunday

Serena Williams points to someone in the crowd Serena Williams points to someone in the crowd after winning her match against Italy's Sara Errani during a semifinal match at the 2012 U.S. Open tennis tournament. (Sept. 7, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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With the dangerous weather entering the New York area early Saturday night, U.S. Open officials decided at 1 p.m. Saturday to postpone Saturday night's Serena Williams-Victoria Azarenka championship match until Sunday.

The second men's semifinal at Arthur Ashe Stadium Saturday between Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer was also pushed to Sunday. Open officials called the match at 5:10 p.m. with Ferrer leading 5-2 in the first set, and ordered spectators to leave. A stadium announcement said that the bad weather was 45 minutes away. That means for the fifth consecutive year the men's final will be played on a Monday.

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The Ferrer-Djokovic match will be continued at 11 a.m. Sunday. The women's final will be played at 4:30. Ticket holders for the men's semifinals (session 24) will be admitted to the first session.

The stadium will be cleared then ticket holders for women's championship (session 25) will be admitted to that match. Men's final ticket holders (session 26) will be admitted Monday. The women's doubles final will be played at Armstrong Stadium Sunday starting at 1:30 p.m. as part of session 25.

The Open caught a tough break Saturday when a small cell not associated with the front hit the tennis center just about at the starting time of the Andy Murray-Tomas Berdych match at 11 a.m. That delayed play for about an hour and a half and that match took 3:58 to complete..

The men's semifinal will be on ESPN2, the women's and men's final will be on CBS.

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