Good news – the storm is over
Another update from the organizers
It is still raining and there is no chance of playing before 11:30pm UK time. But if she goes through tonight, we’ll cover it. It may not be me… but the global Telegraph team will be blogging the match from across the pond.
But fear not – the Telegraph has a reporter on site
Jamie Johnson reports from Washington DC
More bad news from Washington DC, where the game won’t resume until 6pm local time. That’s 11pm in the UK. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning in the area.
The players lounge is opposite the media center, so I’m happy to report that after taking pictures of the lightning, Raducanu retired inside for a hot drink.
A further announcement
Do not play before 11pm BST. Hard to see what the conditions are like as this is what happens when it rains on Amazon who don’t have reporters and a normal studio/presenter setup but only have the matches as it closes the live feed and treats us to this:
It’s still raining
At William HG FitzGerald Tennis Center and games will be played until 10:30pm BST at the earliest. With Nick Evans’ match still to be finished before Raducanu vs Samsonova can start, we have a long evening ahead of us.
Jamie Johnson reports from Washington DC:
A message has just come in from the tournament organizers that no games will be played before 5:30 PM local time (10:30 PM UK).
Raducanu has her shoes off, feet up and is on FaceTime. she tells the Telegraph she hopes to show up in court tonight.
There can be quite a bit of delay
Jamie Johnson reports from Washington
Dan Evans won the first set of his Citi Open quarterfinal against Yoshihito Nishioka 6-5… and then the storm came.
The game is now suspended in Washington DC, where it is still 32 degrees, but with dark clouds over us.
Emma Raducanu is chatting with members of her team in the players lounge, but it doesn’t look like she’ll be on the court anytime soon. Heaven has just opened.
It was after take 18 of Helter Skelter that Ringo Starr uttered his famous cry, “I have blisters on my fingers.” It is not recorded how the Beatle overcame this painful condition for all manual workers – surgical spirit? Friar’s Balsam? Hansaplast? A drink of calamine lotion? meth? There are numerous ‘cures’ to the complaint that could be helpful to Emma Raducanu, who came through her second-round match against Camila Osorio last night hard, taking 165 minutes to win 7-6, 7-6, palm-down which was straight out of the exorcist. An abundance of ancient and modern treatments, but will anything work in time?
Tonight she will face Russian world No. 28 Liudmila Samsonova who, had she kept her Italian citizenship, would have been allowed to play at Wimbledon this year instead of being banned, where she made it to the fourth round as a wild card in 2021, just like Raducanu . She has a formidable serve and is content to stick to the baseline to take down her opponents with powerful groundstrokes. Normally Raducanu would try to maneuver her side to side before rolling out one of those…ahum…blowing backhand winners, but we just don’t know if she’ll be physically able to go deep into points, games and sets. to go.
That said, she says she takes comfort in surviving yesterday’s ordeal with her sore hand in the sweltering heat. “For me, it was quite a monumental effort to really get through that,” That’s what Raducanu said on Thursday.
“There were a lot of moments in both sets where you want to go for the easy option of finishing the point early, but hey, I’m just really happy and proud of how I dug in when it really mattered.
“It was three hours on the pitch, and I warmed up for about an hour this morning. It just gives you a lot of confidence to get through a game like that.”