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Team USA’s Hammer takes silver in women’s omnium

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Four years after taking silver in the women’s omnium, American cyclist Sarah Hammer duplicated that feat on Tuesday.

Hammer finished behind Great Britain’s Laura Trott in the race for gold, with Trott accumulating a total of 230 points to Hammer’s 206. Both scored 34 points in the points race, the final of the competition, with that being enough to secure a second consecutive Olympic gold medal in the event for Trott.

Taking bronze was Jolien D’Hoore of Belgium, who hung onto that spot despite tallying just 27 points in the points race. But better performances in the prior races helped her take bronze, with better points races by Lauren Ellis of New Zealand and Amalie Didericksen of Denmark. Trott and Hammer both won two medals in Rio, with Trott being part of the team that took gold in the team pursuit and Hammer taking silver in that event.

In the women’s sprint Britons took silver and bronze, with Germany’s Kristina Vogel taking gold. Vogel, who took gold in the team pursuit in London, now has two medals in these Olympics as Germany took bronze in the team sprint. Rebecca James, who took silver in the keirin, took silver in the sprint with countrywoman Katy Marchant taking bronze by defeating Elis Lightee of the Netherlands.

Vogel maintained her speed on the final sprint lap despite losing her bike seat on the approach to the finish line.

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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