Yevgeny Plushenko

Yevgeny Plushenko will reportedly be named to Olympic Team

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Yevgeny Plushenko will be Russia’s lone singles figure skater at the Sochi Olympics, according to R-Sport citing an unnamed source.

“In the men’s individual skating, there’s one name there — Plushenko,” a source within Russia’s sports ministry said.

The three-time Olympic medalist said he landed two quadruple jumps in a closed-door skate Tuesday, where he performed in front of Russian officials set to decide on the nation’s entry by Thursday.

“The test skate went great for me, I skated the program clean with all the elements,” Plushenko said, according to R-Sport. “Everything is fine, now I will continue training and waiting for the decision. I’m pleased, my team is pleased, we did a great and successful job.”

Plushenko faced opposition from Maksim Kovtun, who beat Plushenko at the Russian Championships, but Kovtun finished a disappointing fifth at the European Championships last week and said he didn’t care about the Olympics anymore.

Sergey Voronov was also considered a possibility after he won a silver medal at the European Championships.

“Plushenko stake a good claim, and now the decision will be made on January 23,” Russian figure skating vice president Aleksander Lakernik told R-Sport. “He skated a complete free program that was difficult enough. There were some minor hitches, but nothing serious. There are no ideal performances. The overall impression is good.”

Plushenko won Olympic silver in 2002, gold in 2006 and silver in 2010. He’s trying to become the second skater to win four Olympic singles medals, joining Swede Gillis Grafstrom, who won gold in 1920, 1924 and 1928 and silver in 1932.

Plushenko could also win a medal in the new team event, where Russia may enter as a gold-medal favorite. Plushenko has backed off comments he would compete in the team event and then attempt to cede his singles spot to another skater.

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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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