Fitzgibbons-Wright WSL battle on pause

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The eagerly-awaited Maui Pro semi-final between Australians Sally Fitzgibbons and Tyler Wright has been put on hold with two lay days called at Pipeline.

The season-opening women's WSL event is being concluded at the iconic Hawaiian venue for the first time, but low swells have forced officials to delay competition.

"There's a decreasing swell and increasingly unfavourable conditions with winds out of the northeast," said Marty Thomas, WSL Hawaii Competition Director.

"Conditions will deteriorate throughout the day and into tomorrow, but we have a new swell looking good for Sunday, so the finals day will likely be on Sunday, December 20."

The Maui Pro was suspended after a man was killed in a shark attack near their Honolua Bay event location last Wednesday (AEDT), leading organisers to move the women's competition to Pipeline for the first time.

When the event does resume it'll start with the last of the quarter-finals between America's Sage Erickson and Brazil's Tatiana Weston-Webb.

Wright and Fitzgibbons will then face off in the first semi-final before hometown favourite Carissa Moore takes on the winner of the quarter-final between Erickson and Weston-Webb for the other final spot.