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Schedule rained out at Hobart tournament

HOBART, Australia, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Rain washed away the entire schedule Wednesday at the Hobart International women's tennis tournament in Australia.

Storms led to some matches being suspended Tuesday but even with that backup and the loss of play Wednesday, tournament organizers said they are confident the event can wrap up as scheduled Saturday.

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"There are a number of options that will be considered to ensure the tournament is completed on time," tournament director Michael Roberts said.

"Matches can begin earlier than originally scheduled and, with clearer skies expected this weekend, we may also play the semifinals and final on the same day -- with a suitable rest between matches, of course."

Roberts said matches could be scheduled for all three match courts of the Domain Tennis Center to help catch up on the schedule.

The current schedule has top-seeded Marion Bartoli playing twice Thursday, meeting Elena Vesnina in an afternoon second-round match and then, if she wins, going against either fifth-seeded Klara Zakopalova or Alberta Brianti in the evening session.

No. 4-seeded Roberta Vinci needs to finish a match against Elena Baltacha suspended Tuesday before the survivor of that match is to play sixth-seeded Jarmila Groth in an afternoon quarterfinal.

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