Kerri Walsh Jennings done for season after this week

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Kerri Walsh Jennings expects this week’s Rio Open to be her final tournament this season, but the three-time Olympic beach volleyball champion hasn’t decided if she’ll have a fifth right shoulder surgery before returning to competition as she tries to qualify for her fifth Games.

Partner April Ross will continue playing on the domestic AVP and international FIVB tours but with a different partner until Walsh Jennings returns, according to USA Volleyball. The AVP season ends in two weeks. The FIVB World Tour has tournaments into December.

Walsh Jennings, a 37-year-old mother of three, dislocated her right shoulder in matches May 27 and July 10.

She and the Olympic silver medalist Ross overcame Walsh Jennings’ injury to finish runner-up in the World Series of Beach Volleyball in Long Beach, Calif., on Aug. 23. Walsh Jennings, with her right shoulder heavily taped, spent much of the tournament serving underhand and swinging with her left arm.

Walsh Jennings and Ross lost in the quarterfinals of this past week’s FIVB World Tour Grand Slam event in Olsztyn, Poland.

They must play at least five more tournaments after the Rio Open and before June 12 to be eligible to qualify for the Rio Olympics. The 2016 FIVB World Tour schedule has not been released, but the 2015 schedule had six tournaments before June 12.

No more than two pairs per nation can compete in an Olympic beach volleyball tournament.

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*Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated Walsh Jennings and Ross needed to play six more tournaments to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

I am currently Traveling from Poland to Rio for my final tournament of the year. It's been quite an interesting season…

Posted by Kerri Walsh Jennings on Sunday, August 30, 2015

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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