Ronda Rousey, the Olympic bronze medalist judoka and UFC champion, said she preferred the title of world’s best pound-for-pound fighter over potentially being called sexiest woman alive in an HBO “Real Sports” profile this week.
Rousey rose to stardom well after she became the first U.S. Olympic women’s judo medalist at Beijing 2008 in her second Games. Her Olympic experiences were mentioned in the “Real Sports” profile, but Rousey’s fame came after she quit judo and took up mixed martial arts in 2010 (more on Rousey’s controversial leave from judo here).
In the profile, Rousey reflected on her father’s suicide when she was 8 and when she lived in her car after taking Olympic bronze, before she became UFC’s most recognizable fighter, a movie star and magazine model.
Perhaps the most poignant part, though, came at a recent signing for her recently released book. A girl told Rousey that the fighter’s story of overcoming an eating disorder inspired her to beat bulimia. Rousey cried.
“That was one of those battles I felt like I was going through alone,” Rousey said on “Real Sports.” “If one girl … that threw up her dinner last night because she felt guilty for being full, reads that [book] and stops, the whole thing is worth it.”
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.
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.