Players unhappy after losing in rain
AGNIESZKA Radwanska and Simona Halep blasted French Open organisers on Tuesday for forcing them to compete in pouring rain as Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were left facing a four-day playing stretch.
Radwanska, the second seed, and sixth seed Halep both lost their last-16 clashes after opening healthy leads on Sunday night.
But after Monday was washed out, they were forced back out at a damp, chilly Roland Garros on Tuesday, despite the rain never really relenting in the two hours of stop-start action available.
"I'm just so surprised and angry that we have to play in the rain. I mean, it's not a $10,000 tournament. It's a Grand Slam," raged Polish star Radwanska after her 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 defeat to Bulgaria's world No. 102 Tsvetana Pironkova.
Radwanska had been 6-2, 3-0 up on Sunday night but lost 10 games in succession on Tuesday.
Halep, beaten in the 2014 final by Maria Sharapova, suffered a 7-6 (7/0), 6-3 defeat to former US Open champion Samantha Stosur of Australia.
The Romanian had been 5-3 up when their contest was suspended on Sunday.
"I have no words. To play tennis matches during the rain I think it's a bit too much," said the Romanian after her loss on Court One.
"The court was not good. The balls were completely wet. I didn't feel safe. No one cares about the players."
They were the only two matches completed on Tuesday after the tournament had suffered its first complete washout in 16 years on Monday.
Weather conditions are set to improve yesterday which is traditionally the day when the quarter-finals are wrapped up.
Roland Garros remains the only one of the four Grand Slam tournaments not to have a court with a roof.
Philippe Chatrier court is due to have a roof by 2020 at the earliest.