Good news – the storm has passed
A further update from the organisers
It’s still raining and there is no chance of play before 11.30pm UK time. But if she does get on tonight, we will cover it. Might not be me … but global team Telegraph will be blogging the match from the other side of the pond.
But fear not – the Telegraph has a reporter on the ground
Jamie Johnson reports from Washington DC
More bad news from Washington DC where play will not resume before 6pm local time. That’s 11pm in the UK. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning in the area.
The player’s lounge is opposite the media centre, so I can happily report that after taking photographs of the lightning, Raducanu retired inside for a hot beverage.
A further announcement
No play before 11pm BST. Hard to see what conditions are like because this is what happens when it rains on Amazon, who don’t have reporters and a normal studio/presenter set-up but just have the matches, as it closes the live feed and treats us to this:
It’s still raining
At William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center and there will be no play until 10.30pm BST at the earliest. With Nick Evans’ match still to be finished before Raducanu vs Samsonova can start, we might be in for a long evening.
Jamie Johnson reports from Washington DC:
A message has just come through from tournament organisers saying there will be no play before 5:30pm local time (10:30pm UK).
Raducanu has her shoes off, feet up and is on Facetime. She tells the Telegraph she’s hoping to get on court this evening.
There might be quite a delay
Jamie Johnson reports from Washington
Dan Evans was winning the first set of his Citi Open quarter final against Yoshihito Nishioka 6-5 … and then the storm came.
Play has now been suspended in Washington DC, where it is still 32 degrees, but with dark clouds overhead.
Emma Raducanu is in the player’s lounge chatting with members of her team, but it’s not looking likely that she’ll be on court soon. The heavens have just opened.
It was after take 18 of Helter Skelter that Ringo Starr uttered his famous cry: “I’ve got blisters on my fingers.” It is not recorded how the Beatle overcame this distressing affliction for all manual workers – surgical spirit? Friar’s Balsam? Elastoplast? A potion of Calamine lotion? Meths? There are myriad ‘cures’ for the complaint that may prove useful to Emma Raducanu who grittily came through her second round match against Camila Osorio last night, taking 165 minutes to win 7-6, 7-6, with a palm blain that was straight out of the Exorcist. A cornucopia of treatments ancient and modern but will any work in time?
Tonight, she faces the Russian world No28 Liudmila Samsonova who, had she retained her Italian citizenship, would have been allowed to play at Wimbledon this year, instead of being banned, where she made the fourth round in 2021 as a wildcard, just like Raducanu. She has a formidable serve and is content to stick to the baseline to wear her opponents down with powerful groundstrokes. Ordinarily Raducanu would try to manoeuvre her from side to side before unrolling one of those … ahem … blistering backhand winners but we just don’t know if she will be physically capable of going deep in points, games and sets.
Having said that, she says she takes comfort for surviving yesterday’s ordeal with her sore hand in sweltering heat. “For me it was a pretty monumental effort to really get through that,” Raducanu said on Thursday.
“There were many moments in both sets where you want to go for the easy option of trying to finish the point early, but, yeah, I’m just really pleased and proud of how I dug in when it really mattered.
“It was three hours on the court, and I actually warmed up for like an hour this morning. It just gives you a lot of confidence coming through a match like that.”