Megan Jendrick

Two-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Megan Jendrick retires

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One of the stars of the 2000 Olympics is calling it a career.

Swimmer Megan Jendrick, who won a surprise gold in Sydney as Megan Quann, announced her retirement at age 29 in an online letter.

“I have always been one to set goals for what I wish to achieve and after realizing that I have reached all of the goals I set for myself in the sport,” Jendrick wrote on acquaswim.com. “I have decided to officially retire as an active athlete on the national level to pursue new goals that I have set for myself on the ‘dry side.'”

Jendrick, then 16, predicted she would win gold in the 100-meter breaststroke at the Sydney Games. She kept a list of the top times in the event hanging on her closet door and would visualize races by holding a stopwatch in her hand while lying in bed. She was called precocious, and her boasting was compared to Muhammad Ali. She backed it up.

Jendrick swam an American record 1 minute, 7.05 seconds to beat Australian favorite Leisel Jones and 1996 Olympic champion Penny Heyns of South Africa. Jones would go on to become the most decorated Olympic breaststroker of all time. Jendrick also won gold as part of the medley relay.

Jendrick made the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Jendrick wanted to break the world record, but she never did. She failed to make the 2004 Olympic team, finishing third and sixth in the 100 and 200 breast at trials, where only the top two advaanced to Athens.

She came back to win silver in the 200 breast at the 2007 World Championships and make the U.S. Olympic Team in the 100 breast in 2008. She took fifth and won silver in the medley relay in Beijing.

Jendrick swam “for fun” at the 2012 Olympic trials, after giving birth to son Daethan in October 2011, and did not advance out of the preliminaries in the 100 and 200 breast.

“My days of competing in the Olympics may be behind me, but I’ll always love the sport of swimming and you will always be able to find me on deck somewhere around the world,” Jendrick wrote.

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2020 French Open women’s singles draw, bracket

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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.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket

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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.

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