By Steve Fogleman
(August 4, 2013)WASHINGTON, DC – Rain was a major factor on Semifinals Saturday at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. Every single match was disrupted by a stoppage in play. Some players benefited from the break, while others never regained the game they brought on court when the matches originally began.
In the men’s afternoon opener, John Isner was finally broken in the tournament in the first set and then lost the tiebreak at 7. After a rain delay, Isner immediately broke Haas and never looked back for a final of 7-6(7), 6-3, 6-4. Isner hit 29 aces during the match. Isner is a 2007 finalist at this event and seeks to lift the champion’s trophy for the first time in DC on Sunday afternoon.
Later, in another contest halted by the elements, 2012 Finalist Tommy Haas jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first over top seed Juan Martin Del Potro. After a wait for the showers to pass, Haas appeared to lose form en route to a victory by top seed Del Potro, 7-6(4), 6-3. Del Potro is a 2008 and 2009 winner of ATP Washington.
The WTA semifinals are set between the Defender, Magdalena Rybarikova, and a rejuvenated Andrea Petkovic.
Magdalena Rybarikova is back in the Final by way of a 6-2, 6-0 drubbing of top-seed-remaining Ekaterina Makarova.
Interestingly, play on that court stopped far later in the first set during the same Del Potro/Haas match rain delay, even though the courts are only 200 feet apart.
Rybarikova will try to do something no one at a WTA Washington event has ever done—become a repeat champion. Of course, the tournament is only three years old. Seriously, she would also be the first repeat champ since Juan Martin Del Potro himself accomplished it in 2008 and 2009. Rybarikova was at 0-30 leading 5-2 with Makarova serving before the rain and never looked back once play resumed.
In the late, late, late show, Andrea Petkovic continued her winning ways by beating Alize Cornet, 7-5, 6-3.
In the WTA doubles final, Taylor Townsend and Eugenie Bouchard could not duplicate their success from 2012 Wimbledon Juniors and take another title together. They fell to Shuko Aoyoma and Vera Dushevina in a final that was victimized by the first showers of the long day.