Brazil coasts past China to win women’s soccer opener

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While much has been made about the pressure on the Brazilian men to win the country’s first gold medal in soccer, the women are also searching for their breakthrough in that regard. Wednesday afternoon Brazil opened its account in Rio with an impressive 3-0 win over China at the Olympic Stadium, with Monica’s goal in the 36th minute standing as the match winner.

Monica’s header from just inside of the penalty spot found its way through three Chinese defenders, with keeper Zhao Lina being caught well off her line. After being caught on their heels to start the match China rebounded well late in the first half, mounting a challenge on the Brazilian goal and that carried over into the early stages of the second half. However they were unable to get one past Brazil keeper Barbara, and in the 59th minute the hosts extended their lead to 2-0.

Getting onto a ball lofted over China’s back line, Marta found Andressa Alves with a cross that the latter put into the goal on her first touch. Andressa Alves has been quite productive for Brazil over the last year, with her goal Wednesday being the ninth she’s scored at the international level since the beginning of 2015.

Brazil tacked on an third goal just before second half stoppage time, as Cristiane headed in a free kick to provide the final margin. Already the holder of the record for most goals scored in Olympic competition by a female, Cristiane is now tied with Denmark’s Sophus Nielsen (1908, 1912 Summer Olympics) for the most goals scored by an Olympic soccer player male or female.

Brazil (1-0-0; 3 points) takes on Sweden, which beat South Africa 1-0 in the first game of the day, 9:00 p.m. Saturday night in their second group match. China (0-0-1; 0 points) will look to rebound from their loss with a win over South Africa Saturday, with that match scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. Eastern.

French Open: Daniil Medvedev stunned by 172nd-ranked qualifier

Thiago Seyboth Wild

No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev was eliminated by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild at the French Open, the first time a top-two men’s seed lost in the first round of a major in 20 years.

Seyboth Wild, a 23-year-old in his second-ever Grand Slam main draw match, prevailed 7-6 (5), 6-7 (8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in more than four hours on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

“I’ve watched Daniil play for, like, my entire junior career until today, and I’ve always dreamed about playing on this court, playing these kind of players,” he said. “In my best dreams, I’ve beaten them, so it’s a dream come true.”

Seyboth Wild overcame the ranking disparity, the experience deficit (it was his first five-set match) and cramps. He began feeling them in the second set, and it affected his serve.

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Seyboth Wild, who had strictly played in qualifying and lower-level Challenger events dating to February 2022, became the first man to take out a top-two seed at a Slam since Ivo Karlovic upset Lleyton Hewitt at 2003 Wimbledon, which ended up being the first major won by a member of the Big Three.

The last time it happened at the French Open was in 2000, when Mark Philippoussis ousted No. 2 Pete Sampras.

It’s the most seismic win by a Brazilian at the French Open — and perhaps any major — since the nation’s most successful man, Gustavo Kuerten, won his third Roland Garros title in 2001.

Tuesday marked the 26th anniversary of Kuerten’s first big splash in Paris, a third-round win over 1995 French Open champion Thomas Muster en route to his first Roland Garros title.

As a junior, Seyboth Wild won the 2018 U.S. Open and reached a best ranking of eighth in the world. Since, he played eight Grand Slam qualifying tournaments with a 1-8 record before advancing through qualifying last week.

The 2021 U.S. Open champion Medvedev entered the French Open having won the first clay tournament title of his career at the Italian Open, the last top-level event before Roland Garros.

Medvedev’s defeat leaves no major champions in the bottom half of the men’s draw. The top seeds left are No. 4 Casper Ruud, last year’s French Open and U.S. Open runner-up, and No. 6 Holger Rune. No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz and No. 3 Novak Djokovic play their second-round matches in the top half on Wednesday.

Women’s seeds to advance Tuesday included No. 6 Coco Gauff, who rallied past 71st-ranked Spaniard Rebeka Masarova 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, plus No. 1 Iga Swiatek, No. 4 Elena Rybakina and No. 7 Ons Jabeur in straight sets.

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Olympians, Paralympians star on Top Chef World All-Stars in Paris


U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls get a taste of Paris in this week’s episode of Top Chef World All-Stars, premiering Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

Olympic medalists Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone and Suni Lee and Paralympic medalists Mallory Weggemann and Hunter Woodhall team up with contestants for a cooking challenge in front of the Eiffel Tower, one year before the French capital hosts the Games.

Olympians have appeared on Top Chef before.

A 2020 episode set at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Coliseum included Diana Taurasi, Rai Benjamin, Nastia Liukin, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Christian Coleman and Kerri Walsh Jennings.

A January 2018 episode featured figure skater Meryl Davis, freeskier Gus Kenworthy and skeleton slider John Daly, one month before the PyeongChang Winter Games.

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