The U.S. women’s hockey team lost a shootout to Canada in the Four Nations Cup title game Saturday, squandering a 2-1 lead for the second time in four days to its rival and falling 3-2.
“Coach [Ken Klee] just said there’s no such thing as moral victories,” U.S. Olympic forward Brianna Decker said. “It’s a learning experience. We have World Championships in April [in Malmo, Sweden], so hopefully we can get them back then.”
Canadian Olympian Brianne Jenner scored the only shootout goal, beating U.S. goalie Molly Schaus. Schaus was the No. 2 U.S. goalie at the 2014 Olympics.
Jenner also scored the first Canadian goal in the Sochi Olympic gold-medal game, sparking a comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in overtime.
“They’re our rivals, and we don’t want to drop a game to them,” Jenner said, according to The Associated Press.
The U.S. and Canada Four Nations Cup rosters were a mix of Olympians and non-Olympians. Neither starting goalie from the Sochi gold-medal game was on the teams.
Decker and Sochi Olympic teammate Hilary Knight potted second-period goals Saturday, but Canada drew even late in the second in Kamloops, B.C.
“We’re not satisfied with it, but we played out hearts out,” Klee said. “I think there’s no question that we’re right there with them.”
No. 1 Iga Swiatek of Poland is favored to claim a third French Open title, a year after beating American Coco Gauff in the final. She bids to join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win the French Open three or more times since 2000.
Two Americans are ranked in the top six in the world — No. 3 Jessica Pegula and Gauff.
The last American to win a major singles title was Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought matches the longest in history (since 1877) for American men and women combined.
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.