Ten-year-old girl competes at World Swimming Championships

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A Bahrain swimmer born in 2005 became the youngest athlete to compete at the World Swimming Championships, according to reports from Kazan, Russia.

Alzain Tareq, 10, clocked 41.13 seconds to place 64th out of 64 swimmers in Friday morning’s 50-meter butterfly heats, 15.70 seconds behind Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, the fastest qualifier into the 16-swimmer semifinals. Here’s video of Tareq’s swim.

Then Tareq answered questions in English from a group of media.

“I am so happy to be here,” she said, according to Reuters. “I want to be able to learn the techniques and how they swim.

“I am the fastest swimmer in Bahrain, and so they chose me.”

FINA does not have minimum age limits for competitors, according to Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

“I was wondering how they make suits that small,” Missy Franklin said, according to The Associated Press. “She is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Tareq, who is also entered in the 50m freestyle that starts Saturday, said her goal is to eventually qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, according to the AP.

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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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