Weather clears for belated US Open start

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Australia's world No.1 Ash Barty kicked off second-round action at the US Open after the remnants of Hurricane Ida that swept through New York delayed some matches by an hour.

A water-logged US Open was put on hold on Thursday, hours after Hurricane Ida brought torrential rains and high winds to Flushing Meadows, flooding roads and interrupting one match that was being played under a roof.

The powerful storm led the National Weather Service to declare a flash flood emergency in New York City for the first time in history, with at least nine deaths reported in the region.

At Louis Armstrong Stadium on Wednesday, strong winds blew rain sideways into the court despite the retractable roof, forcing Diego Schwartzman to finish his win over Kevin Anderson at Arthur Ashe Stadium after a lengthy delay.

"Crazy weather," the Argentine said after the match concluded around 1am.

The driving rain turned pedestrian plazas into rivers, with debris flying and umbrellas little match for the fierce winds.

with AP

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