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Shaun White clinches Olympic berth in slopestyle with win at Mammoth Mountain

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Shaun White can breathe easy, having qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team in slopestyle snowboarding by winning the fourth of five selection events.

White, the two-time reigning Olympic halfpipe champion, prevailed with 95.20 points in the first of his two runs in the second of two finals in Mammoth Mountain, Calif., on Thursday.

White opted not to take his second run, a decision that carried risk, but no rider beat his score.

White crashed in the earlier final but showed no ill-effects four hours later.

”I haven’t taken a hit like that in a long time,” he said, according to The Associated Press. ”I went down and got some food and some medicine and came back and just knew that was all I had in me.”

He will try to qualify for the Olympic Team in halfpipe with two finals Friday and another Sunday in Mammoth Mountain.

In slopestyle, White goes into Sochi looking up at gold-medal favorite Mark McMorris of Canada.

McMorris, 20, won the Winter X Games slopestyle last January, where White finished fifth.

They also competed in the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships in December. White posted the best qualifying score but pulled out before the final with an ankle injury. McMorris won the final with higher scores than White’s qualifying mark in both runs.

McMorris is expected to enter Winter X Games next week, but White has reportedly said he is unlikely to compete in the Aspen, Colo., event.

There are two more automatic U.S. Olympic spots available in the fifth and final Olympic selection event Saturday. Chas GuldemondRyan Stassel and Sage Kotsenburg are in the running for those berths.

Jamie Anderson won her second straight women’s event after clinching her Olympic berth earlier Thursday.

One other woman can clinch an Olympic berth in the final selection event Saturday. It would be either Ty WalkerJordie KarlinskiJessika Jenson or Karly Shorr.

Walker will clinch if she wins. Karlinski, Jenson or Shorr will clinch if any of them win and Walker is not second.

Here are the updated Olympic selection standings:

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle – Three automatic Olympic spots
1. Shaun White — 2,000 (clinched Olympic berth)
2. Chas Guldemond — 1,800
3. Ryan Stassel — 1,600
3. Sage Kotsenburg — 1,600
5. Kyle Mack — 920

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle — Two automatic Olympic spots
1. Jamie Anderson — 2,000 (clinched Olympic berth)
2. Ty Walker — 1,600
3. Jordie Karlinski — 1,400
3. Jessika Jenson — 1,400
5. Karly Shorr — 1,300

Preview of marathon snowboard/freeskiing weekend

2020 French Open women’s singles draw, bracket

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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, bracket

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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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