Five Olympic questions with Abby Wambach

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Abby Wambach‘s back from a well-earned vacation the first two weeks of August, which means she’ll return to being asked more questions about the Rio Olympics.

Will she or won’t she play one more year has been the talk since Wambach won her first World Cup with the U.S. on July 5.

She is undecided but ready for the challenge that awaits should she continue on at age 35. While Wambach mulls that, she answered other Olympic questions shortly before embarking on that two-week break earlier this month.

OlympicTalk: You weren’t on the Sydney 2000 Olympic team [during your junior year at the University of Florida], but while you were at UF, was the possibility of trying to make that team ever on your mind?

Wambach: I didn’t know if it was a possibility, to be honest.

OlympicTalk: Are there any parellels that can be drawn to your situation now from the lead-up to the Athens 2004 Olympics, when Julie Foudy, Joy Fawcett and Mia Hamm announced they would retire following those Games?

Wambach: Sure, I bet there are a lot of familiarities. I’m sure that what I’m feeling right now, in terms of the exhaustion and running around and everything, is what they kind of were dealing with. I was just a young kid on the block at that point [in 2004]. So I’m lucky and honored, to be quite honest, to be able to be in a position to represent my country and having another opportunity to represent my country. If I could it, that would be great, but I still haven’t made that decision.

OlympicTalk: You broke your left leg in July 2008 and missed the Beijing Olympics. Did you watch the gold-medal game, and if so, from where did you watch it?

Wambach: I watched the final on crutches in a vacation spot, where my family always vacations at. It was horrible, but also really inspiring to see my teammates rise, even though one of their leading goal scorers and one of their leaders had been knocked down just before those Games. It was really inspiring to see them still persevere and win gold, even though I wasn’t there.

OlympicTalk: If the Olympic roster size was not 18 players but instead 23 players, like it is for the World Cup, would that play any difference in the decision you’ll make for 2016?

Wambach: No. I just know that there’s a lot that needs to happen between now and then. I just have to make the right decision for myself. I know that I’m confident in my skill as a player. I just want to make sure that I have what it takes to play in the tournament, if I can help my team win an Olympic gold medal.

OlympicTalk: Could you skip the Olympic qualifying tournament [in February in Texas] and also want to play in the Olympics, or would you want to do both?

Wambach: I would never do that [skip the qualifying tournament and still want to play in Rio]. That’s not who I am. If I’m in, I’m all-in. If I were to not play in the qualifying tournament [and still want to play in Rio], it would only be because of injury.

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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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