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2012 U.S. Open: Rain Halts Play Again

No. 11 Marion Bartoli of France is up 4-0 in the first set of her quarterfinal match against Russia's Maria Sharapova, the women's No. 3 seed, during a rain delay at the 2012 U.S. Open. Bartoli is serving 15-30 in the fifth game against Sharapova.

Rain has come and gone throughout the day, and the timing of this particular delay may prove to be as helpful to Sharapova as it was on Sunday, when rain interrupted her match with No. 9 Nadia Petrova.

Petrova led 2-0 in the third set, having won eight straight points. Sharapova fought back after the delay to win the match, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, putting the four-time Grand Slam champion into the quarterfinals.

On the men's side, No. 4 David Ferrer was returning serve up 4-3 in the third set of his match with No. 13 Richard Gasquet when play was suspended. Ferrer won the first two sets, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2).

The rain doesn't look to be going away, but after already experiencing multiple delays during the tournament, U.S. Open officials will likely look to get the players back out there for as long as they can when the rain stops.

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