Rogers Cup final rained out until Monday

The Rogers Cup women's final will be played on a Monday for the second time in three years. (Eric...

The Rogers Cup women's final will be played on a Monday for the second time in three years. (Eric Bolte/QMI Agency)

BRIAN DALY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:07 AM ET

MONTREAL -- For the second time since 2006, the Rogers Cup women's final will be played on a Monday.

Rain has wiped out the semifinals and the finals at Uniprix Stadium -- the second straight day that rain delays washed out the schedule.

No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark was up 2-0 on Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first semifinal set on Saturday before the match was halted. Victoria Azarenka of Belarus has yet to play a point against Russia's Vera Zvonareva in the second semifinal.

Both matches are to be played simultaneously at 10 a.m. Monday. The final is to go ahead, weather permitting, at 1:30 p.m.

The 2006 women's final in Montreal was also rain-delayed until Monday.

Only a few dozen fans could be seen sitting in the stands throughout the day on Sunday, a far cry from the 3,500 or so who sat through Saturday's rain delays.

Also on Sunday, officials went to Plan B to get the doubles finals going more than 24 hours late. They were moved indoors to a tennis club south of downtown.

Argentina's Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta of Italy were to meet Czech Kveta Peschke and Katrina Srebotnik of Slovenia.

The forecast in Montreal called for even more rain on Monday morning, though things are supposed to clear up by the afternoon.

Another rain delay could cause problems for Wozniacki. She's in the main draw at the next WTA event in New Haven, Connecticut, but not until Wednesday.

Rogers Cup Director Eugene Lapierre says he's prepared for the possibility of a Monday rainout and has a contingency plan.

"We will delay the schedule until Tuesday ... but that would be exceptional."

NOTES: Ana Ivanovic beat Martina Hingis 6-2, 6-3 following the rainout in 2006.

The last major rainout on the men's side was in 1981, when a singles semifinal started on Saturday afternoon and finished on Monday at noon. The final eventually took place at 5 p.m. on Monday. Ivan Lendl won one of his five Canadian titles by defeating American Eliot Teltscher 6-3, 6-2.

In 1985, also in Montreal, the men's doubles final couldnít be played because of violent storms. It wasnít until two weeks later that the final match was played at the U.S. Open in New York. Rogers Cup organizers flew down to present the trophies and the cheques to Ken Flach and Robert Seguso, who had defeated Stefan Edberg and Anders Jarryd.


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