Rain washes out DFS Classic

BIRMINGHAM, England -- Rain washed out play at the DFS
Classic women's grass court tournament Saturday, leaving the
possibility that some players will have to play three times Sunday.

With only two of the quarterfinals completed Friday, top-seeded
Nathalie Tauziat has to finish her match against Luxembourg's Anne
Kremer, which she leads 3-2, before reaching the semifinals.

Defending champion Lisa Raymond and Slovakia's Daniela
Hantuchova made it to the semifinals Friday, but the remaining
quarterfinal between 12th-seeded Kristina Brandi and the
Netherlands' Miriam Oremans hasn't even started.

Organizers at the Priory Club decided to play the doubles event
indoors but not the singles matches and they hope to complete the
tournament Sunday.

The alternative is to postpone the final until Monday but that
would create problems because it is the opening day of the
tournament at Eastbourne.