During the third game of the first-round match between Jelena Jankovic and Elena Vesnina, the Yale University campus, venue of the New Haven Open, was shaken by an earthquake which originated in Richmond, Virginia. The main stadium was evacuated as a precaution.
Spectators felt three waves of shaking and players’ water bottles were upended. The earthquake was also felt at Flushing Meadows, where the US Open starts next week.
Play has resumed and the world No.43 Vesnina defeated Jankovic 6-4 2-6 6-4. Over the weekend another victory slipped away to the 12-ranked Jankovic, when she lost the Cincinnati final to Maria Sharapova. Vesnina’s opponent in the second round will be Anabel Medina Garrigues.
Was it a coincidence that the stadium started shaking during the match of our Drama Queen? 🙂 (photo by our reader Tony)