Rain halts French Open play

PARIS (Reuters) - Rain stopped play at the French Open on Wednesday.

Holder Roger Federer was 7-6 6-2 0-1 up in his second-round match against Colombia's Alejandro Falla on Court Philippe Chatrier when steady drizzle worsened and the tournament director ordered play to be halted for the second time at 8:55 a.m. ET.

Earlier women's second seed Venus Williams reached the third round with a straight sets win over Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain.

Showers are forecast throughout the day in Paris after three days of warm sunshine.

(Editing by Miles Evans)