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Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky set for Minneapolis duels

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Michael Phelps qualified for one top final and missed another in his first events at a Pro Swim Series meet in Minneapolis on Thursday morning.

Phelps, competing for the first time since he won three events at the U.S. Championships in August, finished tied for fourth overall in the 100m butterfly prelims in 53.70 seconds at the University of Minnesota.

He made the top eight-man final (7:37 p.m. ET, USASwimming.org) along with Ryan Lochte, the second-fastest in the morning at 53.27.

Phelps was 10th overall in prelims in his other event Thursday, the 200m freestyle, which he hasn’t been focusing on in his comeback from a 20-month competitive retirement following the London Olympics. Lochte was third in qualifying in the 200m free, making the top eight-man final (7:11 p.m.).

Phelps was .18 faster in the 100m butterfly prelims Thursday than at this same meet in November 2011. He was .99 slower in the 200m free prelims than in 2011.

Phelps and Lochte could face off in the 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle later in the Olympic season-opening meet that runs through Saturday.

In women’s events, Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin were the first and third seeds, respectively, into the top 200m freestyle final (7:03 p.m.). Olympic 200m free champion Allison Schmitt qualified fourth.

Ledecky later beat both 2012 U.S. Olympians in the 400m individual medley (Elizabeth BeiselCaitlin Leverenz) in her preliminary heat in that race but was touched out by Becca Mann.

Ledecky has said she may swim the grueling 400m IM at the Olympic trials, in addition to her trademark freestyle events. She’s the No. 2 seed going into the final (7:47 p.m.) behind Mann. Beisel also made the top final, as did Maya DiRado, the World silver medalist in the event.

Olympic champion Dana Vollmer was the second-fastest qualifier into the top 100m butterfly final, .19 behind Kelsi Worrell. Worrell is the fastest American in the event this year, while Vollmer is coming back after having a baby boy March 6.

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*Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated Caitlin Leverenz made the top eight-woman 400m individual final. She was ninth in qualifying, according to SwimmingWorld.

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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