Volatile Czech third seed Barbora Strycova has been dumped from the ASB Classic, downed 6-0 2-6 2-6 by quarter-final foe Su-Wei Hsieh.
Strycova – after a clinical first set in which she broke thrice and won at a canter – went to pieces in Auckland, grumbling as she lost game after game.
The 31-year-old was trailing 2-5 in the third set – and just two points from defeat – against the Taiwanese Hsieh when the heavens opened on Saturday.
Hsieh duly returned after a 15-minute delay to play out the match, and will now take on German second seed Julia Goerges in Saturday’s semi-final.
Earlier, the world No.14 Goerges shrugged off her own rain delay to beat Slovenian Polona Hercog 6-4 6-4 and progress to the final four.
The rain halted the match for half an hour but didn’t break Goerges’ mental focus, as she dispatched her opponent in 90 minutes and smashed four aces.
In the other quarter-finals on Saturday, top seed Caroline Wozniacki takes on Sofia Kenin and Agnieszka Radwanska plays Sachia Vickery.
The women’s singles schedule is heavily backlogged due to Thursday and Friday’s Auckland downpours, which cancelled all play and pushed both the quarter-finals and semi-finals into Saturday.
The final will now be held on Sunday.
Weather also forced Classic organisers to push the women’s doubles competition indoors on Friday, with both semi-finals taking place inside.
In the doubles final, which will be held on Sunday, favourites Sara Errani and Bibiane Schoofs will take on Japanese duo Eri Hozumi and Miyu Kato.