Lindsey Vonn clinches record season title after Facebook gaffe

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Lindsey Vonn‘s desire to win is so intense that, after one of her skis detached on a bumpy turn in Friday’s World Cup downhill, she later pulled out a hammer and pounded on the broken ski’s binding.

Vonn had the bit of frustration filmed (also telling of that intensity), and it was briefly posted on Facebook (video below the story) before being deleted. Vonn later apologized.

It makes one wonder Vonn’s reaction to her finish in Saturday’s downhill, also in La Thuile, Italy.

She placed second, .14 behind Italian Nadia Fanchini, but clinched her record-breaking eighth World Cup downhill season title and 20th season title overall. Full results are here.

“I’m really happy with my second place,” Vonn told media in La Thuile. “It was good for my self-confidence. I was a little bit unsure of myself after yesterday.”

Vonn is the favorite in any downhill or super-G race she starts (and, unlike Friday, finishes), so Fanchini’s victory was an upset.

But Vonn’s downhill season title broke her ties with retired Austrian Annemarie Moser-Pröll (most downhill titles) and retired Swede Ingemar Stenmark (most titles in all disciplines and overall).

“It’s kind of more than I ever dreamed was possible,” Vonn told media in La Thuile.

Of the video she deleted Friday, Vonn said she “should have just done boxing with my trainer” to vent, according to The Associated Press.

“I’m always usually careful with what I do and say on the social media platforms, and I just didn’t really think it through,” Vonn said, according to the AP. ”I was a little bit too emotional. It was a good lesson for me. I just have to remember that I have a lot of people looking up to me, and I can’t let my emotions get the best of me.”

Earlier, Vonn apologized through a statement and on Facebook for the hammer incident.

“This was a huge mistake born out of the frustrating race I had today and was in no way, shape or form a reflection on the performance of the Head race team, and the Head skis and bindings which I race on and which have been instrumental in my success,” Vonn said in a statement. “In fact, thank goodness the binding released as it should [during the race], preventing a possible injury.

“The video was posted on social media to express my emotions but I understand how it could be misinterpreted.”

“I love my Head skis and bindings and I cannot apologize enough to Head and the Head race team for today’s unfortunate event.”

Vonn’s runner-up on Saturday also moved her back into the standings lead for the World Cup overall title, the sport’s biggest prize this season with no Olympics or World Championships. Vonn tops Swiss Lara Gut by 43 points with a month left this season.

Vonn will look for her 77th World Cup win again on Sunday in a super-G in La Thuile. She’s 10 wins shy of the career record held by Stenmark.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w75llwIy-4g

I posted a video earlier showing some frustration. I deleted it bc I remembered it’s ok to lose, it makes winning feel sweeter. #Onto77

Posted by Lindsey Vonn on Friday, February 19, 2016

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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