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U.S. advances to women’s hoops semis with dominant 2nd half

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With 1:29 left in the first half a layup by Ramu Tokashiki pulled Japan to within two points of the U.S. women, 48-46. Executing well offensively, the fourth-place team in Pool A was putting up far greater of a fight than anyone anticipated. But Geno Auriemma’s team grabbed control of the game with an 8-0 run to end the first half, and a dominant second half on both ends of the floor resulted in a 110-64 victory for the Americans.

Next up for the U.S., which has now won 47 straight games in Olympic competition, will be France in Thursday’s semifinals. In the final game of the night, France defeated Canada 68-63.

Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore scored 19 points apiece to lead the way for the U.S., which limited Japan to just 18 second-half points. In addition to being far more aggressive defensively, with Brittney Griner serving as a deterrent around the basket with three blocked shots (changing other shots, as well), the U.S. was also more patient offensively. Instead of looking for the first available look and at at times settling in the first half, the U.S. was clinical offensively in the final 20 minutes.

Also reaching double figures were Angel McCoughtry (13 points), Elena Delle Donne (11) and Sylvia Fowles (ten), with Griner (seven rebounds), Delle Donne, Fowles and Charles (six rebounds apiece) all grabbing at least six rebounds on the night. Tokashiki led Japan in scoring with 14 points, with Mika Kurihara and Sanae Motokawa adding 12 apiece.

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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