Olympic champion David Boudia couldn’t repeat his London feat. Instead, the marquee last event of the diving world championships played out exactly as it did in 2011.
China’s Qiu Bo won the world title again, followed by Boudia and Germany’s Sascha Klein for the same podium order as two years ago. British favorite Tom Daley finished sixth and apparently wasn’t quite 100 percent.
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Qiu ran away with the title as he did in 2011, scoring 581 points. Boudia had 517.4 and Klein posted 508.55 at the outdoor Montjuic Municipal pool with a breathtaking backdrop view of Barcelona.
Boudia picked up the only medal for USA Diving at the world championships after a four-medal performance for the U.S. at the Olympics. No other American diver finished in the top nine of an individual event in Barcelona this past week. The best finish in synchronized events was fifth by Troy Dumais and Michael Hixon on the 3-meter springboard.
Boudia had the highest overall score in the semifinals Saturday and led after the first two rounds in the six-round final before Qiu started nailing near-perfect dives. Boudia should be satisfied with his silver given he didn’t return to competition from his post-Olympic break until May.
China nearly swept the golds at diving worlds for a second straight time, winning nine of 10 events. The only outlier was the men’s synchro platform, where it settled for bronze.
If Serena Williams is to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, she may have to go through her older sister in the fourth round.
Williams, the sixth seed, could play Venus Williams in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, which begins Sunday.
Serena opens against countrywoman Kristie Ahn, whom she beat in the first round at the U.S. Open. Serena could then get her U.S. Open quarterfinal opponent, fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round.
If Venus is to reach the fourth round, she must potentially get past U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Azarenka beat Serena in the U.S. Open semifinals, ending the American’s latest bid to tie Margaret Court‘s major titles record.
Venus lost in the French Open first round the last two years.
The French Open top seed is 2018 champion Simona Halep, who could play 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in the third round.
Coco Gauff, the rising 16-year-old American, gets 2019 semifinalist Jo Konta of Great Britain in the first round in the same quarter of the draw as Halep.
The field lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.
Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.
Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.
Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.
Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.
The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.