Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 15

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Three United States quarterfinalists hope to become semifinalists on Day 10, as women’s field hockey, women’s water polo and men’s beach volleyball pairing Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena all take to their respective surfaces.

Only Dalhausser and Lucena should really be tested, as they’ll face powerful Brazilian duo Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt.

One of the most grueling events in track cycling also begins on Day 10. The Omnium, with its six races being held over two days, tests riders’ versatility as well as endurance. Team USA’s Sarah Hammer returns after a performance at the London Olympics where she won silver in the Omnium, missing the top podium spot by just one point.

Also, the event finals in gymnastics continue.  On Day 10 catch the men’s rings, men’s vault and women’s balance beam.  Look for Simone Biles to again contend for another individual medal in Rio, this time on beam, though Laurie Hernandez wouldn’t mind challenging her.

What to Watch: Day 10, Aug 15

8:30 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Track and Field: Day 10 Morning Session

Women’s 3000m Steeplechase final

Team USA’s Emma Coburn has molded herself into a world class steeplechase runner with the third fastest time on the planet in 2016. She hopes she can come to Rio and become the first American to win a medal in a race known for its obstacles of fences and water.

Women’s Track Cycling: Omnium  – WATCH LIVE –

9:59 am ET – 10km Scratch Race

3:30 pm ET – 3km Individual Pursuit

5:17 pm ET – Elimination Race

Derived from the Latin word meaning “all,” the Omnium is track cycling’s multi-race event.  Cyclists race on the velodrome (vélo is French for bike) in six separate races with names like scratch, elimination, individual pursuit, time trial, flying lap and points over two days.

Riders receive points at the end of each race, but just like in golf, lowest score wins. Returning to the Olympics, London gold medalist Laura Trott of Great Britain will look to defend her title against London silver medalist Sarah Hammer of the U.S. in the Omnium.

Field Hockey Women’s quarterfinals  – WATCH LIVE –

9 a.m. EDT – Game 1 – New Zealand vs. Australia

11:30 a.m. EDT – Game 2 – USA vs. Germany

5 p.m. EDT  – Game 3 – Great Britain vs. Spain

7:30 p.m. EDT  – Game 4 – Netherlands vs. Argentina

1 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Gymnastics: Event finals Day 2

Men’s rings final

Women’s balance beam final

Men’s vault final

On the second day of event finals in gymnastics, the women’s balance beam competition belongs to the two-time world beam champion Simone Biles on paper, but fellow American Laurie Hernandez and Brazil’s Flavia Saraiva are among those who will hope to dethrone Simone.

On the men’s side Brazil’s Arthur Zanetti will look to repeat as “Lord of the Rings” in front of a home crowd.

In the men’s vault final, 35-year-old Marian Dragulescu of Romania will aim to cap off his comeback — he’s retired multiple times since winning three medals at the 2004 Olympics — with a gold medal.


Water Polo Women’s quarterfinals  – WATCH LIVE –

1:10 p.m. EDT – Game 1 – Brazil vs. USA

2:30 p.m. EDT – Game 2 – Australia vs. Hungary

5:20 p.m. EDT – Game 3 – Russia vs. Spain

6:40 p.m. EDT – Game 4 – Italy vs. China

Beach Volleyball Men’s quarterfinals  – WATCH LIVE –

3 p.m. EDT – Game 1 – Dalhausser/Lucena (USA) vs. Alison/Bruno (BRA)

4 p.m. EDT – Game 2 – Nummerdor/Varenhorst (NED) vs. Brouwer/Meeuwsen (NED)

10 p.m. EDT – Game 3 – Nicolai/Lupo (ITA) vs. Liamin/Barsuk (RUS)

11 p.m. EDT – Game 4 – Krasilnikov/Semenov (RUS) vs. Diaz Gomez/Gonzalez Bayard (CUB)

7:15 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Track and Field: Day 10 Evening Session

Women’s 200m round 1

Men’s 800m final

Women’s 400m final

Allyson Felix hopes to find herself with a center lane assignment in the final of the women’s 400m, her only solo event for Rio after she lost out on a chance to defend her 200m Olympic title at Trials by photo finish.

In her place, Tori Bowie, Jenna Prandini, and Deajah Stevens will represent the U.S. in the first round of the women’s 200m prelims during the evening session of Day 10 in Rio.

Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz exit French Open, leaving no U.S. men

Frances Tiafoe French Open

Frances Tiafoe kept coming oh so close to extending his French Open match against Alexander Zverev: 12 times Saturday night, the American was two points from forcing things to a fifth set.

Yet the 12th-seeded Tiafoe never got closer than that.

Instead, the 22nd-seeded Zverev finished out his 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1, 7-6 (5) victory after more than 3 1/2 hours in Court Philippe Chatrier to reach the fourth round. With Tiafoe’s exit, none of the 16 men from the United States who were in the bracket at the start of the tournament are still in the field.

“I mean, for the majority of the match, I felt like I was in control,” said Tiafoe, a 25-year-old from Maryland who fell to 1-7 against Zverev.

“It’s just tough,” he said about a half-hour after his loss ended, rubbing his face with his hand. “I should be playing the fifth right now.”

Two other American men lost earlier Saturday: No. 9 seed Taylor Fritz and unseeded Marcos Giron.

No. 23 Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina beat Fritz 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5, and Nicolas Jarry of Chile eliminated Giron 6-2, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-3.

There are three U.S women remaining: No. 6 Coco Gauff, Sloane Stephens and Bernarda Pera.

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It is the second year in a row that zero men from the United States will participate in the fourth round at Roland Garros. If nothing else, it stands as a symbolic step back for the group after what seemed to be a couple of breakthrough showings at the past two majors.

For Tiafoe, getting to the fourth round is never the goal.

“I want to win the trophy,” he said.

Remember: No American man has won any Grand Slam title since Andy Roddick at the 2003 U.S. Open. The French Open has been the least successful major in that stretch with no U.S. men reaching the quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003.

But Tiafoe beat Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the U.S. Open along the way to getting to the semifinals there last September, the first time in 16 years the host nation had a representative in the men’s final four at Flushing Meadows.

Then, at the Australian Open this January, Tommy Paul, Sebastian Korda and Ben Shelton became the first trio of Americans in the men’s quarterfinals in Melbourne since 2000. Paul made it a step beyond that, to the semifinals.

After that came this benchmark: 10 Americans were ranked in the ATP’s Top 50, something that last happened in June 1995.

On Saturday, after putting aside a whiffed over-the-shoulder volley — he leaned atop the net for a moment in disbelief — Tiafoe served for the fourth set at 5-3, but couldn’t seal the deal.

In that game, and the next, and later on, too, including at 5-all in the tiebreaker, he would come within two points of owning that set.

Each time, Zverev claimed the very next point. When Tiafoe sent a forehand wide to end it, Zverev let out two big yells. Then the two, who have been pals for about 15 years, met for a warm embrace at the net, and Zverev placed his hand atop Tiafoe’s head.

“He’s one of my best friends on tour,” said Zverev, a German who twice has reached the semifinals on the red clay of Paris, “but on the court, I’m trying to win.”

At the 2022 French Open, Zverev tore ligaments in his right ankle while playing Nadal in the semifinals and had to stop.

“It’s been definitely the hardest year of my life, that’s for sure,” Zverev said. “I love tennis more than anything in the world.”

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2023 French Open women’s singles draw, scores

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At the French Open, Iga Swiatek of Poland eyes a third title at Roland Garros and a fourth Grand Slam singles crown overall.

The tournament airs live on NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel through championship points in Paris.

Swiatek, the No. 1 seed from Poland, can join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win three or more French Opens since 2000.

Having turned 22 on Wednesday, she can become the youngest woman to win three French Opens since Monica Seles in 1992 and the youngest woman to win four Slams overall since Williams in 2002.

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But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.

She retired from her last pre-French Open match with a right thigh injury and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, is her top remaining challenger in Paris.

No. 3 Jessica Pegula, the highest-seeded American man or woman, was eliminated in the third round. No. 4 Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, who has three wins over Swiatek this year, withdrew before her third-round match due to illness.

No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, is the best hope to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seles won the 1996 Australian Open.

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