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Wi-Fi for Sochi Olympics like ‘running 3 Super Bowls a day for 17 straight days’

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How different was technology four years ago at the Vancouver Olympics?

Take this stat from an Ottawa Citizen story on the lab tasked with keeping everybody the Sochi Olympics connected for more than two weeks:

In Vancouver, wired traffic outnumbered wireless by a factor of 4-to-1, the ratio is expected to be reversed in Sochi, with Wi-Fi traffic dwarfing wired traffic.

In 2010, Twitter was getting half the visitors of MySpace. Netbooks were the rage. The first iPad wasn’t released until one month after the 2010 Olympics.

An Ottawa lab for Avaya knows how times have changed, and it seems ready for the challenge of keeping more than 100,000 devices connected for the duration of the Games.

It will provide Wi-Fi at every competition venue and at the Olympic villages, for athletes, media, coaches, trainers and officials as well as streaming TV feeds for athletes at all the venues, according to the report.

“A good analogy is like saying, we are running three Super Bowls a day for 17 straight days. It’s a lot,” Dean Frohwerk, the Avaya leader also in charge of Wi-Fi in 2010, told the newspaper. “The world’s going to be watching, this has got to be flawless.”

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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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