Rain wreaks havoc at the French Open

PARIS - Rain wreaked havoc at the French Open yesterday, but the gloomy weather broke for long enough to see former champion Ana Ivanovic and veteran Japanese Kimiko Date Krumm exit the tournament.

PARIS - Rain wreaked havoc at the French Open yesterday, but the gloomy weather broke for long enough to see former champion Ana Ivanovic and veteran Japanese Kimiko Date Krumm exit the tournament.

Persistent rain started to batter the Roland Garros venue minutes before the matches started and only relented after almost a five-hour delay.

Six singles matches, including those of four-times champion Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams, were cancelled while 16 doubles contests were also forced to be rescheduled.

Around 90 minutes of play were possible mid-afternoon, during which time Ivanovic, the 2008 champion, now ranked 42, looked a shadow of her former sparkling self in a 6-3 6-0 defeat by Russia's 28th seed Alisa Kleybanova.

Date Krumm was also routed 6-0 6-3 by Australia's Jarmila Groth. - Reuters

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