Skylar Diggins, Kayla McBride and Stefanie Dolson were cut from the U.S. women’s basketball roster after a shocking defeat Sunday, leaving one more player to be trimmed before the World Championships begin in Turkey on Saturday.
France beat the U.S. 76-72 in an exhibition on Sunday, the first defeat for the Americans since 2011. The U.S. had crushed France by 36 points in the 2012 Olympic final for its fifth straight gold.
Brittney Griner is on the 13-woman roster but hasn’t joined the team yet after sustaining an eye injury in the WNBA Finals earlier this month.
The FIBA World Championships winner will earn a berth in the 2016 Olympic tournament. If the U.S. does not win, it can still get into the Olympics by winning the 2015 FIBA Americas title.
Ten of the 12 women on the 2010 World Championships roster made the 2012 Olympic team
The U.S. women play the Czech Republic in their final tune-up in Prague on Tuesday. Here’s the current roster, which must be cut from 13 to 12:
Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx) — Olympian (2008, 2012) Sue Bird (Seattle Storm) — Olympian (2004, 2008, 2012) Tina Charles (New York Liberty) — Olympian (2012) Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury) Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury) Jantel Lavender (Los Angeles Sparks) Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream) — Olympian (2012) Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx) — Olympian (2012) Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks) Odyssey Sims (Tulsa Shock) Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut) Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) — Olympian (2004, 2008, 2012) Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx) — Olympian (2012)
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 and No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, are the best hopes 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, No. 12 Frances Tiafoe and No. 16 Tommy Paul are the highest-seeded Americans, all 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.