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Maggie Nichols retires from elite gymnastics, report says

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Maggie Nichols ended her elite gymnastics career at the Olympic Trials on Sunday and does not plan to pursue the 2020 Olympics, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

“My body is kind of fragile and it’s very tired, and I can get hurt very often,” Nichols, who dislocated her left kneecap in 2014 and tore her right knee meniscus earlier this year, said, according to the report. “So [retiring from elite competition is] a better decision for me.”

Nichols, who plans to compete collegiately for Oklahoma, finished second to Simone Biles in the 2015 P&G Championships all-around and was the only U.S. gymnast to compete on all four events at the 2015 World Championships.

She also earned a floor exercise bronze medal at worlds.

Nichols’ meniscus injury, suffered on an Amanar vault attempt, hurt her chances of making the five-woman Olympic team. She was sixth in the all-around at the Olympic Trials.

“I was very disappointed that my name was not called,” Nichols said, according to the newspaper. “I was confused, but I knew there was a reason for why I didn’t get picked. I support the committee’s decision and everything like that.”

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2020 French Open women’s singles draw, bracket

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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, bracket

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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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