Rain affects players at French Open

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/f/frenchopenrain_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Waiting for the rain to stop effected players differently at the French Open.

Updated: May 29, 2007 09:36 IST
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Waiting for the rain to stop effected players differently at the French Open.

Tamira Paszek was annoyed because she was close to beating Aiko Nakamura of Japan. But Dinara Safina was glad for the break when trailing 4-2 against Yuliana Fedak in the second set.

"The break was good for me because I was struggling," Safina said. "I could think about what I was doing wrong."

Whatever the Russian figured out, it worked.

When the rain ended at Roland Garros, Safina won the next four games and downed Fedak 7-5, 6-4.

Although Paszek easily beat Nakamura 6-4, 6-0, the Austrian felt annoyed at the circumstances surrounding the suspension of her match just after midday - especially as she only needed to win one more game.

"The supervisor, Nakamura, and me ... we all decided we wanted to stay on court," Paszek said. "Suddenly, all the guys who prepare the court came on and just covered the court. We had to go off."

When Paszek got back to her locker room, she got another surprise when she looked at the television.

"I saw (Marat) Safin was still playing," she said. "We stopped the match 20 minutes before the end of the other matches, which wasn't easy for me. I had to wait five hours in the locker room.

"I did some gym work," the 16-year-old said. "It was an experience. You learn from it."

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