RAIN STOPS SEMIFINALS; TODAY'S WINNERS PLAY 2
Sunday, April 12, 1992
AMELIA ISLAND -- Arantxa Sanchez Vicario held serve for 6-all, when Steffi Graf asked that play be stopped. Graf thought it was raining too hard to start the tiebreaker. Sanchez agreed.
So, they waited... and waited... and waited.
The rain never stopped at the Bausch & Lomb Championships Saturday, so Graf and Sanchez will begin their tiebreaker today at 9 a.m., weather permitting.
Graf and Sanchez will complete their semifinal, then defending champion Gabriela Sabatini and Conchita Martinez will play theirs. The survivors will return for the final at 3 p.m.
Graf was two points from the set at deuce on Sanchez' serve at 5-6. The German had rallied from 40-15, as the rain started falling harder on the clay, but she hit two returns poorly to give Sanchez the game.
The only set of the day was tense. Graf led 2-0, but Sanchez broke right back. Sanchez saved a break point for 4-all, and Graf saved one with her trusty forehand at 5-all, 30-40.
Sanchez fell on the next point, racing for a ball, a sign that the court was getting slippery.
Graf and Sanchez will have all night to contemplate the tiebreaker. They have split two tiebreakers (both 8-6) in their 12 matches.
-- ESPN plans to televise today's final on tape at midnight.