Shaun White: No regrets about pulling out of slopestyle

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In his first interview since pulling out of the snowboard slopestyle competition to focus on claiming his third consecutive Olympic halfpipe gold, Team USA’s Shaun White told the Associated Press that he’s okay with the decision he made.

With the slopestyle gold having gone to American teammate Sage Kotsenburg, White will attempt to become the first American man to win three Winter Olympic golds in the same individual event when the halfpipe competition goes off on Tuesday (speed skater Shani Davis can do the same on Wednesday in the 1000m).

“I can understand if it’s your first time to the Olympics, you wouldn’t understand a decision like the one I made,” he said to the AP on Saturday. “But you set your goals according to what’s important to you. Halfpipe is important to me and I didn’t want to jeopardize that.”

White took some heat on social media for dropping slopestyle, with Canadian rivals Max Parrot and Sebastien Toutant accusing him of making the decision because he knew he couldn’t win (Parrot later apologized).

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It came after White jammed his wrist in a training incident last Tuesday, part of a series of such accidents that included Norway’s Torstein Horgmo breaking his collarbone; he was ruled out of the Olympics afterwards.

But as he looks ahead to potential history in the halfpipe, White believes he’s better off with his choice.

“It’s a tough decision to make, just like anything at the Olympics,” he said. “It’s always, like, everything’s on the line.

“I wanted to be here and wanted to compete in both events. But it just wasn’t in the cards.”

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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