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Henrik Kristoffersen overtakes Marcel Hirscher in Levi slalom (video)

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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.

Video: Mikaela Shiffrin struggles in Levi

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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