Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn hopeful to be in winning form in first races

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Lindsey Vonn hopes she will make the podium, perhaps win, in her first races in nearly one year in December, but the Olympic downhill champion won’t be discouraged if she has poor early results in her comeback from another knee surgery.

Vonn, 29, recently did more media in Europe after skiing for the first time since December last week. She aims to make her competitive return Dec. 5-7 in speed races in Lake Louise, Alberta.

“It will all depend on training, but Lake Louise is a good place for me, with three races in which I will hopefully make the podium, or even win,” said Vonn, who has won 14 times at the Canadian World Cup stop, in an interview with German press agency DPA.

Vonn’s target is Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell‘s career record 62 World Cup wins, which she is three away from. Vonn and Moser-Proell recently chatted in a 25-minute German video interview. A Vonn fans social media page reported a translation here, nothing that Moser-Proell told Vonn she hopes the American breaks her record.

Vonn also hopes to race giant slalom and super combined, but “that will depend on my training and confidence,” she said.

“It will only motivate me more if I don’t start with great results,” she told DPA. “I know I can be fast again. I need to find the right equipment and confidence. That may take a while.”

In 2013, Vonn made her return at Lake Louise from major right knee injuries on Feb. 5, 2013, and a partial retear on Nov. 20. She finished 40th in her first race, 11th in her second and fifth in her third, all at Lake Louise.

Vonn failed to finish her next race in Val d’Isere, France, on Dec. 21, aggravating her troublesome knee and forcing her to require more surgery and give up hope on skiing in the Sochi Olympics.

Photos: Sochi Olympic Park ready for Formula One race

Vonn skiing in Austria last week (and doing a non-English interview):

LINDSEY VONN: Trainingstag am Gletscher in Sölden from Christian Jost on Vimeo.

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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