Serena Williams fans have had much to enjoy during this extraordinary run by Williams to a possible (likely?) 2015 Grand Slam. Williams has battled everything from injuries to fatigue to her valiant, elegant, hard-hitting sister Venus — and she still keeps pushing forward. But Serena Williams finally met a foe on Thursday in New York that she couldn’t blow away: the rain.
The USTA is building a roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, but like Williams’ slam, it’s not quite done yet. The superstructures for both the roof and the slam are in place; they loom impressively over all the action. But more needs to be done for the completion of both. The roof will take another year. The Serena Williams calendar year Grand Slam will need just a few more days. But her semifinal match against Roberta Vinci, originally scheduled for Thursday night under the lights, will now be a daytime affair on Friday. That makes for a heckuva day of tennis at Flushing Meadows: both the women’s and men’s semis will be played on Friday, with the women’s starting at 11:00 am.