Katie Ledecky
Getty Images

Katie Ledecky romps into fourth final of Olympic Trials

Leave a comment

Katie Ledecky is four for four in qualifying for finals at the Olympic Trials.

The world’s most dominant swimmer won her 800m freestyle preliminary heat by 18.05 seconds in 8:10.91 on Friday morning, the third fastest of all time. The next fastest woman across all of the top heats swam 8:21.64. Ledecky now owns the 10 fastest 800m free times ever.

Ledecky, who won the 2012 Olympic 800m free at age 15, has already prevailed in the 200m and 400m frees in Omaha this week.

She is all but guaranteed to make the Olympic team in the 800m free in Saturday night’s final, leaving tonight’s 100m free final (8 ET, NBC and NBC Sports app) her only question mark. Should she decide to swim it.

Ledecky qualified seventh into the 100m free final, but only .57 separates her from top seed Abbey Weitzeil.

If Ledecky can finish top two in the 100m free final Friday night, she will be in line to become the second American to swim four freestyles at an Olympics. The first was Shirley Babashoff in 1976.

SWIM TRIALS: Video | Results | Broadcast Schedule

Also Friday, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte qualified sixth and ninth, respectively, into the 100m butterfly semifinals. They’re slated to also swim the 200m individual medley final Friday night. Lochte later scratched out of the 100m butterfly semifinals, according to Swimming World.

Earlier Friday, University of Florida rising junior Caeleb Dressel led 16 qualifiers into Friday night’s men’s 50m freestyle semifinals.

Dressel, who on Thursday qualified to be the youngest U.S. man to swim the Olympic 100m free in 40 years, was followed in the 50m free prelims by 2000 co-Olympic champion Anthony Ervin, 2012 Olympic silver medalist Cullen Jones and 2015 World silver medalist Nathan Adrian.

Jones is the only one of that decorated quartet who has not made the Rio Olympic team yet. The 50m free is his last chance.

MORE: The secret Beilke behind Ledecky’s goals

2020 French Open women’s singles draw, results

Leave a comment

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.

FRENCH OPEN DRAWS: Men | Women | TV Schedule

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

French Open Women's Draw French Open Women's Draw French Open Women's Draw French Open Women's Draw

2020 French Open men’s singles draw, results

Leave a comment

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.

FRENCH OPEN DRAWS: Men | Women | TV Schedule

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

French Open Men's Draw French Open Men's Draw French Open Men's Draw French Open Men's Draw