Somdev set to take big step

Rain halts play in final qualifying round of the US Open

Devvarman was leading 6-3, 5-2 and serving at 15-15 when the elements intervened on a day when only five qualifying matches could be completed. The Indian was in complete control of the match during the 69 minutes of play possible, converting three of his five break points and generally dominating proceedings.

A lone break helped him clinch the first set in 37 minutes, and he quickly stamped his authority on the Pole with two breaks in the second to find himself serving for the match at 5-2, when the elements intervened to prolong his wait for a first appearance at the US Open by a few more hours.

Mauresmo stunned
In New Haven, unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina rallied from a break down in the deciding set to upset former world number one Amelie Mauresmo 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 on Friday and advance to the final of the New Haven Open.  Trailing 2-0 against the Frenchwoman in the third, the world number 32 reeled off six games in a row to book a final showdown against Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki, who beat third-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-1.

Mauresmo, who defeated top-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals, struggled on serve and piled up seven double faults but heaped praise on her opponent in the final warm-up event for next week's US Open.

"She (Vesnina) was more consistent throughout the match and on the big points," Mauresmo told reporters. "She has improved a lot lately and it shows. Her whole game has improved."

Second seed Wozniacki was forced to sit out a rain delay but flourished once the match was moved indoors and advanced to the second singles final in her young career.
The men's semifinals will also take place on Saturday when Jose Acasuso of Argentina takes on big-serving American Sam Querrey, while second seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco plays Russia's Igor Andreev.

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