Semifinals postponed by rain at Newport event
The semifinal matches at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships were pushed back a day after heavy rain wiped out most of play on Saturday afternoon at Newport, R.I.
Following a rain-delayed, 90-minute on-court enshrinement ceremony for the 2013 class of the International Tennis Hall of Fame - which includes Martina Hingis - and nearly a two-hour delay, wild card Nicolas Mahut of France and American Michael Russell played three points before rain moved back into the area.
The other semifinal match between two-time defending champion John Isner, the No. 2 seed, and Australian Lleyton Hewitt, seeded fourth, never got underway. Hewitt called it "a long day" as he departed.
Both semifinals will be played early today, with Isner and Hewitt on center court and the other match on a side court. The final is scheduled for this afternoon.
Top seeds Errani and Vinci reach final in Palermo
Top-seeded Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci will face each other in the Italiacom Open final at Palermo, Sicily, after winning their semifinals.
The No. 1-seeded Errani, who won this tournament in 2008 and 2012, rallied from 3-1 down in the second set to beat fourth-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4.
Vinci, Errani's doubles partner, beat Spaniard Estrella Cabeza Candela 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 to reach her first Palermo final.
Sharapova hires Connors as new coach
Maria Sharapova has hired Jimmy Connors as her new coach.
A day after announcing she was parting with Thomas Hogstedt, Sharapova posted on her website Saturday that she would work with the eight-time major champion.
Connors coached Andy Roddick for two years before resigning in 2008. He briefly worked with Sharapova before the 2008 Australian Open.
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