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Phil Dalhausser, Nick Lucena win Hamburg title; U.S. Olympic teams confirmed

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Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena knocked off three Olympic medal contenders en route to the most impressive of their five FIVB World Tour titles in Hamburg, Germany, this weekend.

They beat countrymen Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson in the quarterfinals Saturday, top-ranked Brazilians Alison and Bruno in the semifinals Sunday and the Netherlands’ Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen 29-27, 21-12 in the final later Sunday.

Dalhausser and Lucena consolidated their Olympic medal favorite status, after failing to make the round of 16 in Moscow in their last event.

Moscow marked the first time Dalhausser and Lucena failed to reach the quarterfinals in 12 FIVB World Tour events together since reuniting last summer, a decade after they last played together.

“We really wanted to make a statement and say, hey, we just had a bad tournament, and we wanted to come out strong this week,” Dalhausser said Sunday. “We shouldn’t get 17ths [place finishes]. We want to be in the semifinal every time. Once we’re in the semifinal, everyone has a chance to win.”

Dalhausser, a 2008 Olympic champion with Todd Rogers, and Lucena were then confirmed by USA Volleyball as one of four U.S. Olympic beach volleyball pairs for RioKerri Walsh Jennings and April RossLauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat and Gibb and Patterson were also confirmed as Rio Olympians on Sunday.

All four pairs mathematically qualified for the Olympics earlier this spring.

The average age of Dalhausser, Lucena, Gibb, Patterson, Walsh Jennings, Ross, Fendrick and Sweat is 35, making it the oldest U.S. Olympic beach volleyball contingent of all time. Beach volleyball debuted at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

On Saturday, Walsh Jennings and Ross lost their semifinal to Germans Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst and their third-place match to Brazilians Larissa and Talita, two of their biggest rivals for Rio Olympic gold.

That snapped Walsh Jennings and Ross’ winning streak of three straight FIVB World Tour events dating to April.

The FIVB World Tour continues in Poland this week.

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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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