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U.S. Open: Day Five


Fans shelter under umbrellas during a rain delay at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 3, 2010. REUTERS/Kena Betancur

By Helen Cook

What a week! And now the players are facing a long rally with Mother Nature in the shape of Hurricane Earl - which was the size of a small country earlier this week.

Aside from the smashing tennis, the weather – come rain or shine – has had everyone chatting and the umbrellas are now out for the lashings of rain about to come crashing down on Flushing Meadows.

It was like a scene from Wimbledon as players took a rain check mid-afternoon. Some were even blaming the rain for American young gun Ryan Harrison losing his rhythm of swing in a five-set showdown at Grandstand.

The youngster sent electric shocks through the crowd as they got to their feet to scream encouragement for an American dream against Sergiy Stakhovsky, of Ukraine. The men smashed through an exhausting five sets, but after a brief rain check, the 18-year-old fell – ball and racket. But he’s the talk of the future for American tennis.