Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce dominate at Paris Diamond League

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With Usain Bolt out of his planned July track meets due to an injury to his left leg, two of his fellow Jamaicans ran to victory in the men’s and women’s 100 meters at the Diamond League meet in Paris.

Asafa Powell ran the 100 in 9.81 seconds, the second fastest time of the year and his season’s best. France’s Jimmy Vicaut come in second with 9.86 and America’s Michael Rodgers came in third with 9.99.

32-year-old Powell told the IAAF, “I have proved I’m in the best shape maybe in the last seven years – remember, age is just a number.”

American Justin Gatlin set this year’s fastest time, 9.74, at the Doha Diamond League meet in May. Both Gatlin and Bolt are expected to race the 100 meters at August’s world championships in Beijing.

On the women’s side, Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, two-time Olympic champion in the 100 m, lowered the fastest time in the world this season with her win in 10.74 seconds. American English Gardner finished third in 10.97.

Other highlights include American Michael Hartfield winning gold in the long jump with 8.19 meters.

The steeplechase ended in dramatic fashion as Evan Jager of the United States looked to become the first non-African runner to break the 8-minute mark. Approaching the final barrier Jager was on pace to set a season’s best time of 7.55, but he stumbled and fell to the track. Jager had to settle for second place and a new American record, 8:00.43. Kenya’s Jaius Birech came in first with 7:58.83.

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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