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Torah Bright wins Dew Tour women’s halfpipe

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Torah Bright hasn’t lost any halfpipe skills while adding slopestyle and snowboardcross.

The Australian was better than all American snowboarders at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships on Saturday, just as she was at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Bright won with a first-run score of 95.40 in Breckenridge, Colo. Kelly Clark, the 2002 Olympic champion and three-time reigning Winter X Games champion, was second with 90.60. American Chloe Kim, who at 13 is too young for the Sochi Games, was third.

Breckenridge marks the first of five U.S. Olympic selection events for freeskiing and snowboarding. The U.S. women’s Olympic halfpipe snowboarding team is expected to include four women.

Clark, a three-time Olympian, is the early standings leader, followed by world champion Arielle Gold, 2006 Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler and Kaitlyn Farrington.

2006 Olympic champion Hannah Teter failed to qualify for Saturday’s final.

The next four selection events are on the U.S. Grand Prix schedule — Copper Mountain, Colo., next weekend, followed by Northstar, Calif., Park City, Utah, and Mammoth Mountain, Calif.

The five events will determine Olympians in snowboard halfpipe and the new Olympic events of snowboard slopestyle and ski halfpipe and ski slopestyle. The Olympic rosters are expected to be announced Jan. 22.

The overall Olympic qualification standings will be determined by the two best results for an athlete over the selection events. No more than four athletes can make the U.S. Olympic Team per event. It’s possible fewer than four will be named for some events.

Bright, 26, will have no problems making the Australia Olympic Team. She hopes to become the first snowboarder to compete in three Olympic events come February.

Bright is the reigning world bronze medalist in slopestyle. She’s competing in international snowboardcross events this year for the first time since 2001 but has yet to finish better than 20th in a World Cup.

The Breckenridge action can be live streamed here all weekend.

Breckenridge Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe
1. Torah Bright (AUS) 95.40
2. Kelly Clark (USA) 90.60
3. Chloe Kim (USA) 89.40
4. Arielle Gold (USA) 84.20
5. Gretchen Bleiler (USA) 80.00
6. Kaitlyn Farrington (USA) 67.40
8. Elena Hight (USA) 25.80

Historic finish in two-man bobsled

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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