Agnes Zawadzki, a contender for one of three U.S. figure skating spots at the Sochi Olympics, is switching coaches four months before the Games.
The two-time reigning U.S. bronze medalist left Christy Krall, whom she had been working with the last two seasons, to return to her previous coach, Tom Zakrajsek of Colorado Springs, Colo.
“I feel we have done great work together and that I was at my most consistent competitively when working with him,” Zawadzki said, according to US Figure Skating. “Christy helped me improve artistically as a skater and renewed my love of the sport.”
Zakrajsek coached Zawadzki from 2008-11, helping her to the 2010 U.S. junior championship and silver and bronze, respectively, at the 2010 and 2011 World Junior Championships.
Zawadzki finished fourth at her season debut, the U.S. International Classic, last month. She’s one of several women in the running for three Sochi berths, led by U.S. champion Ashley Wagner and runner-up Gracie Gold.
But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.
She retired from her last pre-French Open match with a right thigh injury and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, is her top remaining challenger in Paris.
No. 3 Jessica Pegula, the highest-seeded American man or woman, was eliminated in the third round. No. 4 Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, who has three wins over Swiatek this year, withdrew before her third-round match due to illness.
No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, is the top hope to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seleswon the 1996 Australian Open.
But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.
Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.
Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They could meet in the semifinals.
Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).
All of the American men lost before the fourth round. The last U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals was Andre Agassi in 2003.