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Katie Ledecky, Ryan Lochte win top awards at Golden Goggles

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Katie Ledecky and Ryan Lochte reigned at the Golden Goggles much like they dominated their competition this past year.

Ledecky and Lochte swept Athlete of the Year and Race of the Year at USA Swimming’s 10th annual awards hosted by Kevin Nealon in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Ledecky, 16, won four gold medals and broke two world records at the World Championships in Barcelona over the summer. She added to her Olympic gold in the 1500m with world titles in the 400m, 800m (world record), 1500m (world record) and the 4x200m freestyle relay.

Ledecky beat out Missy Franklin and Haley Anderson for Female Athlete of the Year. She won Race of the Year for her 1500m swim for the second straight year.

“It’s been a process, and it’s been a fun one,” said Ledecky, a Bethesda, Md., high school junior who flew to Los Angeles, according to USA Swimming. “I owe that to my family, my teammates, my classmates, my teachers – everyone I’ve been surrounded with.”

Lochte, 29, won three gold medals (200m backstroke, 200m individual medley, 4x200m free relay) and one silver (4x100m free relay) at the World Championships. Now a four-time Male Athlete of the Year, he won Race of the Year for his 200m IM gold.

Lochte, who beat Matt Grevers for Male Athlete of the Year, was not in attendance but taped a video message. He said he didn’t fly to Los Angeles on doctors’ orders because of his recent injury after a run-in with a fan, according to Swimming World.

“Ryan is fine, he just got tackled a little bit,” said swim coach Jon Urbanchek, who accepted on Lochte’s behalf, according to The Associated Press.

The Relay Performance of the Year went to the women’s 4x100m free relay at the World Championships (Missy Franklin, Natalie CoughlinShannon VreelandMegan Romano) that won gold in an American record.

Chase Kalisz, 19, won Breakout Performer of the Year after winning silver in the 400m IM at worlds, his first major international meet.

Romano took home the Perseverance Award after failing to make the 2012 Olympic Team and bouncing back to win six medals at the World University Games and two golds at worlds.

Ledecky’s coach, Bruce Gemmell, won Coach of the Year.

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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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