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Jessica Ennis-Hill hopeful new injury won’t keep her out of Rio Olympics

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Olympic and World heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has an Achilles injury and will miss the winter indoor track season but is hopeful it won’t impact trying to repeat as gold medalist at the Rio Games.

Asked by Sky Sports if the injury could put her Rio participation in question, she reportedly said:

“At this stage I’m hoping that’s not the case. We’re still in February, there’s a lot of time before the Olympics.”

Ennis-Hill, 30, won the World Championship on Aug. 23, capping a comeback after taking all of 2014 off to have a baby.

In Rio, she can become the oldest Olympic heptathlon champion. The event was added to the Olympic program in 1984, and one other woman, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, has won multiple Olympic heptathlons.

Ennis-Hill’s main rivals are younger than her — Worlds silver medalist Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Canada (27), who in May scored higher than Ennis-Hill’s Worlds total, and countrywoman Katarina Johnson-Thompson (23).

“I know the warning signs with the Achilles now, I know when it’s starting to stiffen up, and when it’s becoming sore that there’s potentially a problem there,” Ennis-Hill reportedly told Sky Sports. “Just in training it was stiffening up a little bit and becoming a bit aggravated.”

Ennis-Hill called it “precautionary rest.”

“I’ve had some scans, I’m going to sit down and discuss options with my medical team,” she said, according to Sky Sports. “I just want to get to the cause of the problem. I’ve got a lot of faith in my medical team and I’m hoping taking a step back and resting at this stage will not hinder my performances going into Rio.”

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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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