Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen came from behind to beat World Cup overall champion Marcel Hirscher in the first slalom of the season in Levi, Finland, on Sunday.
American Ted Ligety was 18th.
Kristoffersen, 20, trailed Hirscher by .06 after the first of two runs inside the Arctic Circle. But he came back with the fastest second run to edge the Austrian by .12. German Felix Neureuther was third.
Kristoffersen, who became the youngest Olympic Alpine medalist with a bronze in Sochi, won his second career World Cup race.
Hirscher made his 60th career World Cup podium and increased his overall standings lead to 60 points over German Fritz Dopfer.
Ligety, who is aiming to improve his slalom results to challenge Hirscher for the overall title, hasn’t finished in the top 10 of a World Cup slalom in 23 months.
“There’s definitely a lot to improve,” Ligety said. “We haven’t had good training volume in slalom, really, because Colorado is in such tough conditions.
“I want to be able to get on the podium. I think I have that kind of speed. I just have trouble relaying that into the race and having consistency.”
The men’s Alpine skiing World Cup continues with a downhill and super-G in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Thanksgiving weekend.
Bode Miller is expected to make his season debut there.
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, is her top remaining challenger in Paris.
No. 3 Jessica Pegula, the highest-seeded American man or woman, was eliminated in the third round. No. 4 Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, who has three wins over Swiatek this year, withdrew before her third-round match due to illness.
No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, is the top 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).
All of the American men lost before the fourth round. The last U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals was Andre Agassi in 2003.