Li, Radwanska win early, avoid rain at U.S. Open 

click to enlarge Agnieszka Radwanska, of Poland, returns a shot to Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, of Spain, during the second round of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in New York. - AP PHOTO/KATHY KMONICEK
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  • Agnieszka Radwanska, of Poland, returns a shot to Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, of Spain, during the second round of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in New York.

NEW YORK — Li Na got her work done quickly Wednesday at the U.S. Open, so when the rain started falling, she had little to worry about.

The fifth-seeded Li defeated Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson 6-2, 6-2 in the day's first match at Arthur Ashe Stadium to advance to the third round. Shortly afterward, heavy rain came and Li's only concern was finding an umbrella to cover herself on the walk to the car.

"It's tough for them," she said, referring to the 58 players who still had singles matches to complete Wednesday. "For me, just relax all day and do whatever I want."

A grand total of five matches were wrapped up before the rain came, including 18th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro's 6-3, 6-4 victory over American CoCo Vandeweghe and third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska's 6-0, 7-5 victory over Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor of Spain.

Radwanska dropped only seven points during a 21-minute first set, but the second lasted 66 minutes. Long, but not too long.

"Played first match and then I'm done," Radwanska said. "I can just relax, watch others and do treatment and do whatever I want. Sometimes it's good to play first, even when I have to wake up really early."

Other early winners were 32nd-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and, on the men's side, one-time top-10 player Marcos Baghdatis.

With the storm bearing down, video monitors around the Billie Jean King Tennis Center warned fans to seek shelter and avoid trees because of potential lightning, though thousands of ticketholders were milling about without much concern for severe weather.

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