American Riske Ousted by Hantuchova at Rain-Delayed U.S. OpenRob Gloster
American Alison Riske was eliminated in the fourth round of the U.S. Open today by Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova as rain caused a 4 1/2-hour delay at the season’s final Grand Slam tennis tournament.
Italians Roberta Vinci and Flavia Pennetta joined Hantuchova in the quarterfinals. The final women’s fourth-round match, between No. 2 seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and No. 13 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia was postponed until tomorrow.
Hantuchova, 30, reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the first time since 2002 with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 defeat of Riske, a wild-card entrant who is ranked 81st in the world and was invited to play the event after failing to qualify on her own.
The Hantuchova-Riske match was interrupted by rain with the score tied 4-4 in the second set. After Riske won that set, Hantuchova had five of her 15 aces in the final set to wrap up the victory.
Vinci, seeded 10th, made a total of nine unforced errors as she defeated fellow Italian Camila Giorgi 6-4, 6-2 in 67 minutes and moved on to play yet another compatriot, Pennetta.
Pennetta won 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) against No. 21 Simona Halep of Romania in another match that was interrupted for 4 1/2 hours by rain. Pennetta trailed 5-4 in the second set when heavy rain sent the players scurrying off court.
The National Weather Service said there was a 60 percent chance of more showers and possibly a thunderstorm this evening, with some of the storms producing heavy rain.
Five-time champion and No. 7 seed Roger Federer of Switzerland was playing 19th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain today as the men began fourth-round matches. Fourth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain was facing No. 18 Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia.
Weather permitting tonight, Rafael Nadal, the No. 2 seed from Spain, is set to play No. 22 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, and No. 8 Richard Gasquet of France is scheduled to take on 10th-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada.