French Open: Rain pain for top seeds Agniezka Radwanska, Simona Halep
Paris: Second seed Agnieszka Radwanska lashed out at French Open officials while former finalist Simona Halep questioned the decision to play in more wet conditions after both crashed out in the last 16 yesterday.
Radwanska appeared to be cruising into the quarter-finals as she led World No 102 Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2, 3-0 before play was suspended on Sunday, with the tournament then suffering its first washout in 16 years on Monday.
And rain continued to fall yesterday when the Pole, who was hampered by a right hand injury, dropped 10 straight games either side of another weather delay before exiting to the Bulgarian.
"I'm just so surprised and angry, that, you know, we have to play in the rain," fumed Radwanska. "I mean, it's not a 10,000 tournament. It's a Grand Slam. How can you allow players to play in the rain? I cannot play in those conditions. I don't know who allows us to play in those kind of conditions. I mean, I don't think they really care what we think. I think they care about other things, I guess. So, well, I'm just pissed. I just cannot play in those conditions. I mean, I'm not healthy enough. We shouldn't play in that kind of rain. Why? We still have couple of days of tournament. What's the point?"
Meanwhile, Halep felt the conditions were impossible to play. "It was impossible to play, in my opinion. And to play tennis matches during the rain I think it's a bit too much," said Halep. "But everyone was in the same situation, and who was stronger won today. No one cares about the players in my opinion. I don't care that I lost the match today, but I was close to getting injured with my back, so that's — that's a big problem.
"But like I said, no one cares. We have just to go and play. I was frustrated about waiting three days and about playing in the rain. I didn't feel sure on court, safe on court. When I went to ask to play on Court 1 — doesn't matter which court, just to play, because we know that it's going to rain and it's going to be late, but they took the decisions to put doubles and then us. Here we were."