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🎾 Barbora Krejčíková and Novak Djokovic Take Home 2021 French Open Titles

June 14, 2021
Source: Barbora Krejčíková/Twitter
Source: Barbora Krejčíková/Twitter

Women’s draw: Another year, another new women’s singles champ. Barbora Krejčíková (pronounced krey-CHEE-koh-va), who had one singles title to her name before this tournament, beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (pronounced pav-loo-CHEN-koh-va) on Saturday for her first ever major. 

  • And yesterday, alongside partner Kateřina Siniaková (pronounced seen-yah-KOH-va), Krejčíková won the women’s doubles title too, becoming the first woman since 2000 to win both the singles and doubles titles at the French Open. Get a girl that can do both.

Men’s draw: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic continued his tennis world domination yesterday, winning his second French Open title and 19th Grand Slam title against No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas (pronounced see-see-PASS). 

  • The Joker came back from two sets to none in a comeback for the ages to nab the title and become the first man in the Open Era to win each Grand Slam at least twice. 

Up next: Wimbledon, mate. The next Grand Slam begins on June 28th, with Djokovic trying to tie Roger Federer (who is also playing) and Rafael Nadal (who is a maybe) at 20 Grand Slam titles, whileSerena Williams is gunning for a record-breaking 24th major. Mark your calendar. 

🎾All Four Grand Slam Finalists Share Something in Common

June 10, 2021
Source: Roland Garros/Twitter
Source: Roland Garros/Twitter

Women’s singles: Don’t recognize any of the semifinalists in the women’s draw? No sweat, they’re all new here. For only the second time in tennis’ Open Era, all four women are Grand Slam first-timers, while the highest world-ranked player remaining is No. 18 Maria Sakkari, who beat reigning champ Iga Świątek (pronounced shvee-AH-tek) in the quarters.

  • Sakkari will play No. 33 Barbora Krejčíková (pronounced crey-CHEE-koh-va), who knocked out 17-year-old Coco Gauff yesterday.
  • Meanwhile, No. 32 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (pronounced pav-loo-CHEN-koh-va) will take on No. 85 Tamara Zidansek (pronounced zi-DAN-sheck) in today’s semis ahead of Saturday’s final. 

Men’s singles: And on the total flipside, the King of Clay Rafael Nadal is making his record-extending 14th appearance in the French Open semis, where he’ll play world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a rematch of last year’s final. 

  • For the other semi, it’ll be No. 6 Alexander Zverev (pronounced SVAIR-ev) and No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas (pronounced see-see-PASS) battling it out before Sunday’s final. Check out the full schedule (including doubles action), here
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Sports Quick Hits: June 7th, 2021

June 08, 2021
Source: Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports
Source: Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports

 ⛳️Golf: With a 14-year-old ripping drives and a 17-year-old leading the first round, we definitely thought the U.S. Women’s Open winner was going to be a high schooler...but instead, it was Yuka Saso of the Philippines — at the ripe old age of 19 — who won it all in a three-hole playoff, tying for youngest champ in tournament history. The kids are alright.

🎾Tennis: There go the greats. Serena Williams lost her fourth round match at the French Open yesterday, and Roger Federer, who just came back from a knee injury, withdrew from his after a grueling third round, four-set winner on Saturday. We weren’t ready for goodbyes.

  • Some exciting names are still in it though: 17-year-old Coco Gauff, Sloane Stephens and reigning champ Iga Swiatek (pronounced shvee-AH-tik), as well as legends Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, all play today. Check out the full schedule here.

🤸‍♀️Gymnastics: The GOAT keeps GOATing. Last night, Simone Biles won her seventh U.S. all-around gymnastics title, the most all-time by a female gymnast. No surprise here. 

⚽️NWSL: The Orlando Pride celebrated the start of Pride Month by continuing their undefeated season yesterday, with a 1–1 draw against the Washington Spirit. The zero-to-hero Pride also continue to lead the rankings, after spending the last two seasons near the bottom. The whole league now gets a well-deserved break and will return to the pitch June 19th. 

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Sports Quick Hits: Thursday June 3rd, 2021

June 03, 2021
Source: Michel Euler/AP
Source: Michel Euler/AP

 🎾Tennis: As excited as we were for the French Open to start, we’re not as psyched five days in. Naomi Osaka dropped out, Venus Williams lost her first round match, and Venus and Coco Gauff lost their first-ever doubles match. On the bright side, Serena is still killing it. She’ll play her third round match tomorrow.

🏐Volleyball: An Olympics without Kerri Walsh Jennings? The beach volleyball icon and three-time Olympic gold medalist, alongside partner Brooke Sweat, lost in the final qualifying tournament before next month’s Games in Tokyo. Say it ain’t so. 

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Washington D.C.: Wizards end newsworthy 2021 season

June 03, 2021
Source: Matt Slocum/AP Photo
Source: Matt Slocum/AP Photo

🏀Wizards: The Wiz were eliminated last night with a Game 5 loss to the Joel Embiid-less Philadelphia 76ers. From enduring a COVID-19 outbreak to heating up at the end of the regular season, the Wizards’ season had it all. Can’t wait for more of the Bradley Beal-Russell Westbrook tandem next year (along with better defense and 3-point shooting, please).

🎓🥍🎾🥎College: Congrats to UVA for winning national championships in men’s lacrosse and women’s tennis singles over the long weekend. Now it’s JMU softball’s turn to fight for a natty in the WCWS. 

  • Their opponent today at 12 p.m. ET is No. 1 Oklahoma. It’s a tall task for JMU’s All-American pitcher Odicci Alexander to contain OU’s stacked offense, but expect her to throw strikeouts and do damage at the plate. The unseeded Dukes have nothing to lose.

⚾️Nationals: While the Nats beat the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday to end a five-game losing streak, they lost star pitcher Stephen Strasburg in the process. He exited the second inning and was subsequently placed back on the injured list with a neck strain, just 13 days after he left it. Sigh.