Rain washes out play at Eastbourne

LONDON (Reuters) - Competitors at the Eastbourne International will have to play back-to-back semi-final and final matches on Saturday after persistent rain washed out play at the Wimbledon warm-up event on Friday.

Australian seventh seed Samantha Stosur and France's Marion Bartoli, seeded sixth, never made it out of the locker room at a wet and windy Devonshire Park. The other semi will be between Petra Kvitova and Daniela Hantuchova.

The men's competition also faces a race against time to finish on Saturday. Wimbledon begins on Monday.

(Writing by Pritha Sarkar)