Sydney - Rain prevented any singles matches
being finished on a frustrating day at the Sydney International on Thursday,
leaving a stockpile of matches to be completed.
The four men's quarter-final matches and
the two women's semi-finals were suspended until Friday after frequent
fruitless attempts to get through the day's programme.
Some of the men's players will be doubling
up on Friday with Australian top seed Bernard Tomic starting the day against
Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili.
Quarter-final winners will also have to
play their semi-finals on Friday, as the men's final is scheduled for Saturday.
When play was suspended due to rain, third
seed and defending champion Viktor Troicki was locked at 2-2 in the first set
against Nicolas Mahut, fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov was leading Alexandr
Dolgopolov 4-6, 6-3, 4-2 and Gilles Muller had taken the first set 7-6 (7/5)
against sixth seed Jeremy Chardy.
Tournament organisers attempted to complete
both women's semi-finals in the evening only for rain to again stymie
Romania's top seed Simona Halep was leading
Svetlana Kuznetsova 5-4, while Puerto Rican qualifier Monica Puig had raced to
a 4-0 lead over eighth seed Belinda Bencic before rain again intervened for the
The women will return to the court on
Friday to complete their semi-finals ahead of the scheduled final that evening.