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RAIN POSTPONES FRENCH OPEN PLAY

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Fans hoping for the first French women's champion at the French Open since 1967 were kept waiting Saturday as rain forced suspension of the title match between Mary Pierce and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.

The match began 41/2 hours late because of bad weather, then was interrupted by more rain after just 17 minutes of play. Pierce led 2-1 and held a break point in the fourth game.The match is to be completed Sunday before the men's final, a matchup between defending champion Sergi Bruguera and Alberto Berasategui. Story is on D5.