WATCH LIVE: U.S. Figure Skating Championships rhythm dance, women’s free

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The U.S. Figure Skating Championships continue Friday with the rhythm dance and women’s free skate, live on NBC Sports and Peacock Premium.

The rhythm dance (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN) pits two of the world’s top couples who happen to train at the same rink.

Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue each eye a third national title after crossing the border from Montreal to compete in Las Vegas.

Chock and Bates, two-time world medalists, went five years between their first and second national titles, capping the resurgence in 2020. Hubbell and Donohue, also two-time world medalists, won the 2018 and 2019 U.S. titles.

They’re favored to take two of three U.S. dance spots available for March’s world championships in Stockholm.

WATCH LIVE: Rhythm Dance, 4 p.m. ET — Peacock Stream | NBCSN Stream | Skate Order

Key Skate Times
4:33 p.m. ET — Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue
5:26 — Kaitlin Hawayek/Jean-Luc Baker
5:45 — Madison Chock/Evan Bates


The U.S. women’s title will be decided Friday night (8 ET, NBC), plus two spots on March’s world championships team.

Bradie Tennell, the 2018 U.S. champion and PyeongChang Olympian, topped Thursday’s short program. She can become the first woman to go three years between national titles since World War I interrupted the championships.

Tennell leads two-time defending champion Alysa Liu by 3.14 points. Liu, who became the youngest U.S. women’s champion at age 13 in 2019, could become the first woman since Michelle Kwan to three-peat at nationals.

Liu is too young for the senior world championships, however. The fight to make that team also includes third-place Mariah Bell, Karen Chen and Amber Glenn, who are separated 1.54 points going into the free skate.

WATCH LIVE: Women’s Free Skate, 8 p.m. ET — Peacock Stream | NBC Stream | Skate Order

Key Skate Times
9:25 p.m. ET — Gracie Gold
10:04 — Karen Chen
10:12 — Amber Glenn
10:20 — Lindsay Thorngren
10:28 — Alysa Liu
10:36 — Bradie Tennell
10:43 — Mariah Bell

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2023 French Open women’s singles draw, scores

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At the French Open, Iga Swiatek of Poland eyes a third title at Roland Garros and a fourth Grand Slam singles crown overall.

The tournament airs live on NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel through championship points in Paris.

Swiatek, the No. 1 seed from Poland, can join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win three or more French Opens since 2000.

Having turned 22 on Wednesday, she can become the youngest woman to win three French Opens since Monica Seles in 1992 and the youngest woman to win four Slams overall since Williams in 2002.

FRENCH OPEN: Broadcast Schedule | Men’s Draw

But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.

She retired from her last pre-French Open match with a right thigh injury and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.

No. 3 Jessica Pegula, the highest-seeded American man or woman, was eliminated in the third round.

No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, is the best hope to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seles won the 1996 Australian Open.

MORE: All you need to know for 2023 French Open

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2023 French Open Women’s Singles Draw

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Jessica Pegula upset in French Open third round

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Jessica Pegula, the highest-ranked American man or woman, was upset in the third round of the French Open.

Elise Mertens, the 28th seed from Belgium, bounced the third seed Pegula 6-1, 6-3 to reach the round of 16. Pegula, a 29-year-old at a career-high ranking, had lost in the quarterfinals of four of the previous five majors.

Down 4-3 in the second set, Pegula squandered three break points in a 14-minute game. Mertens then broke Pegula to close it out.

“I feel like I was still playing good points. Elise was just being really tough, not making a lot of errors and making me play every single ball. And with the windy conditions, I felt like it definitely played into her game,” Pegula said.

Pegula’s exit leaves No. 6 seed Coco Gauff, last year’s runner-up, as the last seeded hope to become the first U.S. woman to win a major title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major span without an American champ is the longest for U.S. women since Monica Seles won the 1996 Australian Open.

Mertens, who lost in the third or fourth round of the last six French Opens, gets 96th-ranked Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the 2021 French Open runner-up, for a spot in the quarterfinals.

FRENCH OPEN DRAWS: Women | Men | Broadcast Schedule

Also Friday, No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus won a third consecutive match in straight sets, then took questions from a selected group of reporters rather than conducting an open press conference. She cited mental health, two days after a tense back and forth with a journalist asking questions about the war, which she declined to answer.

“For many months now I have answered these questions at tournaments and been very clear in my feelings and my thoughts,” she said Friday. “These questions do not bother me after my matches. I know that I have to provide answers to the media on things not related to my tennis or my matches, but on Wednesday I did not feel safe in press conference.”

Sabalenka next plays American Sloane Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open champion now ranked 30th, who reached the fourth round with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win over Kazakh Yulia Putintseva.

Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, the former world No. 3, is into the fourth round of her first major since October childbirth. She’ll play ninth-seeded Russian Daria Kasatkina.

Novak Djokovic continued his bid for a men’s record-breaking 23rd major title by dispatching No. 29 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-2. Djokovic’s fourth-round opponent will be No. 13 Hubert Hurkacz of Poland or 94th-ranked Peruvian Juan Pablo Varillas.

Later Friday, top seed Carlos Alcaraz faces 26th seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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