The weather continues to be a major issue at the 2017 ASB Classic. Tuesday was the second day in a row that had to be cut short at the first tournament of the season due to persistent showers.
The day started promising inside the ASB Tennis Arena as crowd favorite and world #2 Serena Williams was able to win her first match since the 2016 US Open under sunny skies, beating Pauline Parmentier in straights.
Afterwards, Annika Beck and Naomi Osaka finished up their shortened Monday’s match, with the quickly-rising Japanese talent being victorious. Another successful youngster was Jelena Ostapenko, who ousted local crowd favorite Marina Erakovic in two sets. Even quicker went the match between Caroline Wozniacki and Nicole Gibbs as the former world #1 left her American friend no more than one game in a very lopsided match.
Wozniacki was the last bit of sunshine seen on center court as the skies once more opened up shortly after, ending all play for the day. The second rain-shortened day in a row now gives the tournament plenty of scheduling headaches as the winners of several matches will have to play two matches in a row, including the winner of Lewis vs. Williams and Goerges vs. Pavlyuchenkova.
Keep checking back for all the latest from Auckland when play will hopefully resume at the 2017 ASB Classic on Wednesday.
MORE PHOTOS FROM THE 2017 ASB CLASSIC:
- Monday: Rain cuts Monday short in New Zealand
- Sunday: Serena and Venus Williams’ exhibition with Marina Erakovic and Caroline Wozniacki
- Saturday: The 2017 officially begins with Auckland’s qualifying action