Rain halts play on first day of U.S. Open

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com
That's about the last thing anybody wants to see at Day 1 of a Slam. (Getty Images)

After just an hour and a half of play on Monday on Day 1 of the U.S. Open, Mother Nature decided she had enough. Play was suspended across all courts when the skies opened up as if Tropical Storm Isaac were already passing through.

It's the fourth straight year at the Open that rain has hit early in the tournament, wreaking havoc on the schedules, not to mention the players who will now have to feel the pressure of making up rain days.

Before the rains came defending women's champion Samantha Stosur cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Petra Martic in just under an hour of time. That was one of four matches to finish before the deluge opened up, as was Lucie Hradecka's upset of Anabel Medina Garrigues who at No. 27 was the first seeded player to fall.

U.S. Open Day 1

In other matches that were in progress when the storm passed through, American wild-card entry James Blake found himself up two sets to none on Lukas Lacko on the court inside Louie Armstrong Stadium.

On the Grandstand court the rain hit at the most unfortunate of times in the match between No. 11 seed Marion Bartoli and Jessica Hampton of the USA. Bartoli won the first set 6-3 and was just set to begin serving in the second-set tie-break when the players were pulled off the court. Seconds later there were pools of water deeper than the Long Island Sound on the court. When the match resumes they will be cold and coming out into the most pressure-packed place to be, especially for Hampton who must win the tie-breaker to keep her hopes alive.

On Court 13 the 16th-seeded Sabine Lisicki found herself in a third set with unranked Romanian Sorana Cirstea in what figured to be a great first-round test for the young German. They had just begun with the third set with Cirstea holding serve for the 1-0 advantage.

Court 13's play was frozen with former French Open champion and No. 9 seed Li Na just a game away from advancing to the second round, leading Great Britain's Heather Watson 6-2, 5-3.

Unfortunately, the forecast doesn't look much better for New York on Tuesday. There will remain a chance of thunderstorms for Tuesday, which could really back things up at Flushing Meadows. Then later in the week it becomes all eyes on Isaac as what will be the remnants of the storm in the Gulf of Mexico will be making their way up the country but as of right now don't seem like they will be interfering with play in New York.

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