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Snowboarding highlights the events in PyeongChang tonight, as Chloe Kim and Shaun White feature on NBC’s live primetime coverage.

Kim sent a resounding message to the rest of the pack in the women’s snowboard slopestyle. The 17-year-old, who qualified for Sochi but couldn’t compete because she was just 13, backed up a first qualification run of 91.50 with an even more impressive score of 95.50. She entered the competition as the odds-on favorite to win, and she’s duly delivered so far. The Korean-American will be going for gold in the final on NBC primetime, 8:00p.m. EST / 5:00p.m. PST.

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You’d have to dig pretty deep into the barrel before you ran out of superlatives to talk about Chloe Kim. The 17-year-old has looked nothing short of spectacular, and was the only athlete to hit above 90 in the qualification runs. Maddie Mastro, who finished third in qualification, will be one of a few Americans hoping to join Kim on the podium.

Action doesn’t let up when the women’s halfpipe concludes, though. The men’s halfpipe qualification begins, starring Shaun White. The “Flying Tomato” hasn’t forgotten his Sochi woes, and is set to redeem himself here in PyeongChang.

NBCOlympics.com: Olympics preview: Men’s snowboard halfpipe

Women’s Halfpipe Finals Stream Live Here 8:00p.m. EST / 5:00p.m. PST

Men’s Halfpipe Qualification Stream Live Here 11:00p.m. EST / 8:00p.m. PST

Alpine Skiing

Austria’s Marcel Hauscher is the favorite to win gold in the combined. The Austrian has won six World Cup titles so far. Alexis Pintauralt and  Victor Muffat-Jeandet of France will be the Austrian’s two biggest challengers. Ted Ligety, who became the first American to win Olympic gold in the event in 2006, will be leading Team USA’s contingent.

Men’s Combined Stream Live Here 9:30p.m. EST / 6:30p.m. PST

Curling

Following their loss to Switzerland, the Olympic Athletes from Russia find themselves fighting for bronze versus Norway. Team OAR lost a close one, having put up some big numbers in their 5-7 loss.

Bronze Medal Match, NOR vs. OAR Stream Live Here 7:05p.m. EST / 4:05p.m. PST

Figure Skating

Liam McHugh is joined by Tanith White and Scott Hamilton as they preview the pairs competition.

Stream Live Here 7:00p.m. EST / 4:00p.m. PST.

 

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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