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Lindsey Vonn could return one week early

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Lindsey Vonn could return to competition one week earlier than expected.

The 2010 Olympic downhill champion is giving serious thought to skiing at the World Cup stop in Aspen, Colo., on Thanksgiving weekend but also called it “a long shot,” according to The Associated Press.

The World Cup races in Aspen in three weeks are a giant slalom and a slalom, technical events in which Vonn doesn’t have as much recent success as the speed events of downhill and super-G.

Vonn, who hasn’t competed since December and had knee surgery in January, said in interviews in the summer and earlier in the fall that she hoped to return for speed events in Lake Louise, Alberta, a venue where she is very comfortable with a winning history.

“You know me, I never rule anything out until the last minute,” Vonn, who said she’s at 85 percent, told the AP. “At the same time, I need to also be more reserved than I was last year. I think Lake Louise is the perfect place for me to start. That’s still the plan.

“But you never know. Things could change if I start skiing incredibly fast. I can’t rule it completely out.”

If Vonn returns at Aspen instead, it would be the first time she would be in the same race with Mikaela Shiffrin since Jan. 27, 2013, when they both skied a slalom in Maribor, Slovenia.

Shiffrin is not expected to race at Lake Louise but hopes to enter at least one World Cup speed event later in the winter and at the World Championships in Colorado in February.

Vonn and Shiffrin have never shared a podium together.

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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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