Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has thought about switching to the 100m hurdles after she returns to track and field, likely next year following the expected birth of her child in July.
“It would be fantastic to go to Rio [de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics] in the heptathlon, but I have definitely thought about the hurdles,” Ennis-Hill said Wednesday, according to the Guardian. “It’s nice to have that option. It’s just a case of seeing how I get back into training. My ankle is a weak area and, if you have time away from sport, it flares up. That’s why I’ve been running and doing rehab during my pregnancy. When I come back I’m going to scan it again and make sure where it needs to be.”
“It is just going to be seeing how I get back into training and see how it all comes together — I’ve always got the hurdles there,” she said, according to the Independent.
Ennis-Hill, 28, has barely competed since her London Olympic triumph. She got married last May, missed last year’s World Championships in the summer with an Achilles injury and announced her pregnancy in January.
She owns the British record of 12.54 seconds in the 100m hurdles, which would have placed fourth at the London Olympics.
She wouldn’t be the first Olympic multi-event champion to focus on a single competition. Jackie Joyner-Kersee won three Olympic medals each in the heptathlon and the long jump. Reigning Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton is running the 400m hurdles this season.
If Ennis-Hill sticks to the heptathlon for Rio 2016, she will try to join Joyner-Kersee as the only multiple Olympic gold medalists in the event.
But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.
She retired from her last pre-French Open match with a right thigh injury and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.
No. 3 Jessica Pegula, the highest-seeded American man or woman, was eliminated in the third round.
No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, is the best hope to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seleswon the 1996 Australian Open.
But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.
Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.
Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They could meet in the semifinals.
Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).
No. 9 Taylor Fritz and No. 12 Frances Tiafoe are the highest-seeded Americans, looking to become the first U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003. Since then, five different American men combined to make the fourth round on eight occasions.