Ash Barty is rolling at the Australian Open, looking to become the first Australian to win the event in singles in 44 years.
Barty lost just 21 games total in her first six matches, marching into the final. She gets American Danielle Collins, who is in her first major final at age 28, breaking into the top 10 for the first time.
Defending champion Naomi Osaka, who would have played Barty in the fourth round, was upset by American Amanda Anisimova in round three. That left no women in the field who own more than two major singles titles.
Serena Williams hasn’t played since retiring from her Wimbledon first-round match with a right hamstring injury. Sister Venus‘ ranking has dropped out of the top 1,000, and she neither entered qualifying nor was on the main draw wild card list.
Emma Raducanu, the British qualifier who won the U.S. Open, was among high seeds to exit in the second round. The others: No. 3 Garbiñe Muguruza, No. 6 Anett Kontaveit and No. 12 Elena Rybakina.
The top two American women were upset in the first round — No. 11 Sofia Kenin, the 2020 Australian Open champion, and No. 18 Coco Gauff, at 17 the youngest player in the top 200.
World record holder Eliud Kipchoge will race the Boston Marathon for the first time on April 17.
Kipchoge, who at September’s Berlin Marathon lowered his world record by 30 seconds to 2:01:09, has won four of the six annual major marathons — Berlin, Tokyo, London and Chicago.
The 38-year-old Kenyan has never raced Boston, the world’s oldest annual marathon dating to 1897, nor New York City but has repeated in recent years a desire to enter both of them.
Typically, he has run the London Marathon in the spring and the Berlin Marathon in the fall.
Kipchoge’s last race in the U.S. was the 2014 Chicago Marathon, his second of 10 consecutive marathon victories from 2014 through 2019.
He can become the first reigning men’s marathon world record holder to finish the Boston Marathon since South Korean Suh Yun-Bok set a world record of 2:25:39 in Boston in 1947, according to the Boston Athletic Association.
In 2024 in Paris, Kipchoge is expected to race the Olympic marathon and bid to become the first person to win three gold medals in that event.
The Boston Marathon field also includes arguably the second- and third-best men in the world right now — Kipchoge’s Kenyan training partners Evans Chebet and Benson Kipruto. Chebet won Boston and New York City this year. Kipruto won Boston last year and Chicago this year.
American Des Linden, who won Boston in 2018, headlines the women’s field.
The 2024 Tour de France will end on the French Riviera instead of the French capital because of the Paris Olympics.
The finish of cycling’s marquee race leaves Paris for the first time since 1905.
Tour organizers said on Thursday the last stage of its 111th race will take place in the Mediterranean resort of Nice on July 21. Five days later, Paris opens the Olympics.
Because of security and logistical reasons, the French capital won’t have its traditional Tour finish on the Champs-Elysees. Parting with tradition of a sprint on the Champs-Elysees, the last stage will be an individual time trial along Nice’s famed Promenade des Anglais.
The start of the 2024 race, which will begin for the first time in Italy, was brought forward by one week, a customary change during an Olympic year. The Tour will start on June 29 in Florence.
Nice has hosted the Tour 37 times, including its start twice, in 1981 and in 2020. Two years ago, the start was delayed until Aug. 29 due to lockdowns and travels bans during the COVID-19 pandemic.