Ariana Kukors

World champion swimmer Ariana Kukors retires

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Ariana Kukors, a world champion and world-record holder in the 200-meter individual medley, has retired from swimming at age 24.

Kukors actually announced it in July in a Q&A, but the news is making the rounds this week following a story in the Kent (Wash.) Reporter, Kukors’ hometown newspaper.

“I always kind of thought that 2012 would be my last year,” Kukors told the newspaper. “The (London) Olympics were the perfect icing on the cake. I’m very pleased and content with my career.”

Kukors starred at the 2009 World Championships, where she broke 2008 Olympic champion Stephanie Rice‘s world record in the 200 IM by more than a second in the semifinals. She went even lower in the final in Rome, setting the mark that still stands today — 2:06.15.

The Chinese teen sensation Ye Shiwen, who broke the world record in the 400 IM at the 2012 Olympics, wasn’t even close to Kukors’ time in the 200 IM, winning in 2:07.57.

Kukors took bronze in the 200 IM at the 2011 World Championships and place fifth behind Ye at the London Olympics.

In 2008, Kukors just missed making the Olympic team, finishing third in the 200 IM at trials behind Katie Hoff and Natalie Coughlin. She was also sixth in the 400 IM and the 200 breaststroke.

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2020 French Open women’s singles draw, results

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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, results

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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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