Steven Nyman records Val Gardena hat trick (video)

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Three-time U.S. Olympian Steven Nyman notched his third World Cup win Friday at the same venue as his previous two — the Saslong downhill in Val Gardena, Italy.

Nyman, 32, prevailed by .31 over Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud, the World Cup overall leader. Italian Dominik Paris was third.

“I’ve always felt comfortable here, from the first day I arrived in 2005,” said Nyman, who crashed in Val Gardena that first year. “I’ve actually crashed here as much as I’ve won. It treats me well, and sometimes it slaps me.”

Another American, Travis Ganong, took 13th. Ted Ligety, who rarely races downhill, and Bode Miller, out until January after back surgery, were not in the field.

Nyman won for the first time since Dec. 15, 2012. His maiden victory at Val Gardena was Dec. 16, 2006.

Nyman also finished third in a downhill in Beaver Creek, Colo., two weeks ago and appears to have found his form after a run of back, knee and Achilles tendon injuries and a slip to the U.S. “B” team due in part to fading results last season. He has to pay $20,000 to compete this season.

Now, Nyman is in second place in the World Cup downhill standings through three of a scheduled 10 races, trailing Jansrud by 105 points. That’s a big margin. A victory nets 100 points.

“I really hope I can carry it throughout the season and push for a title,” Nyman said. “Jansrud’s in such good shape, so I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me.”

Nyman, whose best Olympic finish was a tie for 19th in the Torino 2006 downhill, is the only U.S. man to make a speed-event podium this season.

He’ll try to make his first career super-G podium Saturday in Val Gardena.

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2020 French Open women’s singles draw, results

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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, results

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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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