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Jordyn Wieber is first Olympic champion gymnast to become NCAA head coach

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Jordyn Wieber was named the University of Arkansas’ women’s gymnastics coach on Wednesday, not seven years since she helped lead the U.S. to an Olympic title.

Wieber, 23, was already the first female Olympic champion to coach at the NCAA level as a volunteer assistant at UCLA the last three seasons. Now she will lead her own program.

“Gymnastics has provided me some extraordinary opportunities, from traveling the world and competing for my country at the Olympics to coaching alongside one of the legends of our sport at UCLA [recently retired Valorie Kondos Field],” Wieber said in a press release. “Those experiences have been invaluable to my growth personally and professionally while also preparing me for this role.”

Wieber gave up her eligibility to compete collegiately when she turned professional following her 2011 World all-around title. Her last competition was the London Olympics, where she took team gold but missed the all-around final despite placing fourth overall in qualifying. Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas were Nos. 2 and 3, and the max is two athletes per country in an individual gymnastics final.

Medical tests after the Olympics showed Wieber competed in London with a stress fracture in her right leg.

Wieber matriculated at UCLA in 2013 and became a team manager. Much was made of one of the world’s best gymnasts moving mats, filling water bottles and firing T-shirt guns, as a 2015 Sports Illustrated back-page column detailed.

After three seasons, Wieber became a volunteer assistant and graduated in 2017 with a psychology degree.

She helped coach one of her 2012 Olympic teammates — Kyla Ross — the last three seasons at Westwood. For Ross’ last season, it looks like Wieber could coach against her.

Other Olympic medalists have coached collegiately, including current Georgia head coach Courtney Kupets, Nebraska assistant Jim Hartung and former Ohio State assistant Paul Hamm.

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2020 French Open women’s singles draw, results

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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, results

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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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