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Short Track

Can Shim Sukee finally deliver for the host nation? The decorated Olympian has struggled mightily this year, but faces easier opposition in her first heat. Also in action are Choi Minjeong, the 1,500m gold medalist, and Elise Christie, who had to be stretchered off in the 1,500m semifinals earlier this week.

Short track provides some of the most dramatic results and with mercurial skaters like Christie, Suk, and Arianna Fontana competing, expect plenty of physicality and action.

Men’s 500m Quarterfinals Stream Live Here 5:00a.m. EST / 2:00a.m. PST

Women’s 1,000m Stream Live Here 5:00a.m. EST / 2:00a.m. PST

Women’s Team Relay Stream Live Here 5:00a.m. EST / 2:00a.m. PST

Curling

The round robin stage is in its final few matches and only a couple of teams look like locks to advance: Sweden and Canada from the men, and South Korea and Sweden from the women.

In the women’s tournament, all six teams face must-win games as all but Korea sit on the bubble. The American women face a tough task against South Korea, but a loss will surely end their hopes.

On the men’s side, the American men have to win against Switzerland if they are to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. They also need Japan and Norway to stumble in their respective games.

Women’s Tournament

CAN vs. CHN Stream Live Here 12:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

USA vs. KOR Stream Live Here 12:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

GBR vs. JPN Stream Live Here 12:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

Men’s Tournament

SUI vs. USA Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 3:05a.m. PST

NOR vs. ITA Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 3:05a.m. PST

JPN vs. DEN Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 3:05a.m. PST

Biathlon

Martin Fourcade is undoubtedly the best biathelete, but the mixed relay is a team event consisting of both men and women. The French women have not been anywhere near a medal in any biathlon event so far, so France are unlikely medalists.

Who, then, will probably win the gold? Look for Germany. Laura Dahlmeier has been exceptional in almost every single event thus far, winning two gold medals. Erik Lesser was just a photo finish shy of besting Fourcade in the 15km mass start. The Norwegians and Italians also have relatively deep teams, so they could be challenging Germany.

Mixed Relay Stream Live Here 6:15a.m. EST / 3:15a.m. PST

Hockey

Norway have yet to win a game this tournament, and Slovenia have considerably slowed down since their opening round victory against the United States. The Slovenians do have the better squad and should come out of this one.

Japan and Switzerland face off in the fifth placed game for the women. Japan have won two straight games and are looking promising in their defense.

Men’s Tournament

Qualification Playoff SLO vs. NOR Stream Live Here 2:40a.m. EST / 11:40p.m. PST

Women’s Tournament 

Classification: SUI v.s JPN Stream Live Here 2:40a.m. EST / 11:40p.m. PST

Nordic Combined

Eric Frenzel won the Nordic Combined after a less than stellar display on the normal hill. With that lesson being learned, can he give himself an easier path to the gold with a good run on the large hill?

Large Hill Portion Stream Live Here 5:00a.m. EST / 2:00a.m. PST

 

 

Novak Djokovic rolls at French Open; top women escape

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Novak Djokovic began what could be a march to his 18th Grand Slam title, sweeping Swede Mikael Ymer 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 in the French Open first round on Tuesday.

The top seed Djokovic lost just seven points in the first set. He gets Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis in the second round in a half of the draw that includes no other man with French Open semifinal experience.

Djokovic had plenty going for him into Roland Garros, seeking to repeat his 2016 run to the title. The chilly weather is similar to four years ago.

“I don’t like usually comparing the years,” he said. “But I think [the conditions are] quite suitable to my style of the game.”

As is Djokovic’s form. His only loss in 2020 was when he was defaulted at the U.S. Open for hitting a ball in anger that struck a linesperson in the throat.

Djokovic got a break with the draw when No. 3 seed Dominic Thiem was put in No. 2 Rafael Nadal‘s half. The Serbian also won his clay-court tune-up event in Rome, where he received warnings in back-to-back matches for breaking a racket and uttering an obscenity.

“I don’t think that [the linesperson incident] will have any significant negative impact on how I feel on the tennis court,” Djokovic said before Roland Garros. “I mean, I won the tournament in Rome just a week later after what happened in New York.

“I really want to be my best version as a player, as a human being on the court, and win a tennis match. Because of the care that I have for that, I sometimes express my emotions in good way or maybe less good way.”

If Djokovic can lift the Coupe des Mousquetaires two Sundays from now, he will move within two of Roger Federer‘s career Slams record. Also notable: He would keep Nadal from tying Federer’s record and head into the Australian Open in January, his signature Slam, with a chance to match Nadal at 19.

FRENCH OPEN DRAWS: Men | Women | TV Schedule

Earlier Tuesday, No. 2 Karolina Pliskova and No. 4 Sofia Kenin each needed three sets to reach the second round.

The Czech Pliskova rallied past Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif 6-7 (9), 6-2, 6-4. Pliskova, the highest-ranked player without a major title, next gets 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

“Let’s not talk about my level [of play],” Pliskova said. “I think there is big room for improvement.”

Kenin, the American who won the Australian Open in February, outlasted Russian Liudmila Samsonova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

“It doesn’t matter how you win — ugly, pretty, doesn’t matter,” Kenin said on Tennis Channel.

She gets Romanian Ana Bogdan in the second round. Only one other seed — No. 14 Elena Rybakina — is left in Kenin’s section en route to a possible quarterfinal.

American Jen Brady, who made a breakthrough run to the U.S. Open semifinals, was beaten by Danish qualifier Clara Tauson  6-4, 3-6, 9-7.

Sam Querrey nearly made it eight American men into the second round, serving for the match in the third set. But he succumbed to 13th-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev 6-7 (5), 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4, 6-3. It’s still the best first-round showing for U.S. men since nine advanced in 1996.

The second round begins Wednesday, highlighted by Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal.

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U.S. men off to best French Open start in 24 years

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The last time U.S. men started this well at the French Open, Sebastian Korda wasn’t alive and his dad had yet to win a Grand Slam singles title.

Eight American men are into the second round at Roland Garros, the largest contingent in the last 64 since 1996. It could have been nine, had Sam Querrey served out the match in the third set against 13th seed Andrey Rublev of Russia.

Still, the U.S. has more men in the second round than any other nation. Astonishing, given U.S. men went a collective 1-9 at the 2019 French Open.

Back in 1996, nine American men won first-round matches. That group included Pete SamprasAndre AgassiJim Courier and Michael Chang (in Sampras’ deepest run in Paris, to the semifinals).

Clay has long been kryptonite for this generation of Americans — the last U.S. man to make a Roland Garros quarterfinal was Agassi in 2003.

FRENCH OPEN DRAWS: Men | Women | TV Schedule

This group includes veterans like Jack Sock, who swept countryman Reilly Opelka 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 on Monday. Sock, 28, was once ranked eighth in the world.

He then dropped out of the rankings entirely, missing time due to injury and going 10 months between tour-level match wins. He’s now at No. 310 and preparing to play No. 3 Dominic Thiem in the second round.

“A pretty horrific two years in a row,” Sock said. “I’m not opposed to silencing some haters after the last couple years I’ve gone through. I’ve read and seen enough of it, heard enough of it. I’m kind of ready to reestablish myself out there, let people know that I’m back.”

Then there’s 35-year-old John Isner, the big server who swept a French wild card in round one. Isner, the highest seeded U.S. man at No. 21, has posted some decent Roland Garros results, reaching the fourth round three times.

There are new faces, too. Taylor Fritz is seeded 27, aged 22 and in an open section of the draw to make his first Grand Slam fourth round.

On Sunday, 20-year-old Korda became the youngest U.S. man to win a French Open main-draw match since an 18-year-old Andy Roddick beat Chang in 2001.

He is the son of 1998 Australian Open champion Petr Korda and brother of the world’s second- and 22nd-ranked female golfers (Nelly and Jessica).

So far, Sebastian’s biggest feats: winning the 2018 Australian Open junior title and, in his only golf tournament, beating both of his sisters when he was 11. It was around that age that he gave up ice hockey and focused solely on tennis.

Korda was hooked after watching a Czech whom his dad coached, Radek Stepanek, at the U.S. Open in 2009.

“He played Djokovic on [Arthur] Ashe [Stadium] like at 10:30 at night,” Korda, nicknamed Sebi, said on Tennis Channel. “Completely packed. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I went home, and I was like, this is exactly what I want to do.”

An American man is already guaranteed to make the third round in Paris. Korda faces Isner on Thursday.

“I grew up on the clay,” Korda said, “so I know how to play on it a little bit.”

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