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Lindsey Vonn may cut back on ski races next season

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Lindsey Vonn, who will try Saturday to break the World Cup women’s downhill wins record (37), may ski a lighter load of races next season.

Vonn said she could drop giant slaloms from her schedule and focus on the speed events of downhill and super-G, according to reports from Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, site of this weekend’s races.

Vonn’s primary goal this season is to win her fifth World Cup overall title, which has turned into a tight battle with Swiss Lara Gut. Gut is strong in downhill, super-G and giant slalom, which puts pressure on Vonn to also race giant slalom to keep up in the standings.

Gut leads by 50 points halfway through the season, a deficit that Vonn will likely erase if she sweeps Saturday’s downhill (NBC Sports Live Extra, 4:15 a.m. ET) and Sunday’s super-G (NBC Sports Live Extra, 5:30 a.m. ET) at a Dolomites resort where she’s won nine times.

Vonn last won a World Cup overall title in 2012, one season before her 2013 World Championships super-G crash and later two major knee surgeries that kept her from defending her Olympic downhill title in Sochi.

“This year there’s a good chance, but next year I don’t know if I can keep skiing GS [giant slalom],” Vonn said, according to The New York Times. “It takes a lot of energy, and it’s hard for my old knees to continue. If I got five [overall titles], I would be happy.”

Another number that Vonn must be aware of is 86, the World Cup wins record held by retired Swede Ingemar Stenmark.

Vonn had 59 wins when she returned from the knee surgeries in December 2014 and is now halfway to Stenmark in her comeback, at 73 victories.

She will pass Stenmark during the 2017-18 Olympic season if she continues her recent pace of wins per season, so long as she stays healthy.

Of the 14 wins in her comeback, only one has come in giant slalom — in Are, Sweden, on Dec. 12. She’s already said she’s finished racing slaloms.

“I could go home in between races if I didn’t do GS,” the 31-year-old Vonn said, according to The Associated Press. “It’s less training and less stress. I could sleep in more.”

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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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