PARIS — Vancouver's Rebecca Marino qualified for the French Open with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Australia's Seone Mendez on Friday. Marino will face 18th-seeded American Coco Gauff in the first round as she takes part in the main draw of the clay-court Grand Slam for the first time since 2011. She made it to the third round that year before losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova. Marino was eliminated in qualifying at Roland Garros in 2019 and 2021. She joins 17th-seed Leylah Fernandez of Laval, Que., and 2019
PARIS — Top-ranked Canadian player Félix Auger-Aliassime isn’t exactly cursed at the French Open. But he is still seeking his first career main-draw match win in Paris. The 21-year-old has crisscrossed Europe the last six weeks trying to find his clay-court form. Now that he has arrived in Paris, here’s hoping the fifth time is the charm. It’s not as though Auger-Aliassime can’t play on clay. His first ATP Tour final, a 500-level event in Rio de Janeiro when he was just 18, was on the surface. H
A few months after holding a Winter Olympics as memorable for its extreme anti-COVID-19 measures as the competition, China has all but given up hosting international sporting events while it battles fresh outbreaks around key cities. On Sunday, China surrendered hosting rights for next year's Asian Cup, the continent's top soccer showpiece, a move which came little more than a week after it postponed the multi-sport Asian Games to 2023. Top-tier athletics, figure skating and an X Games event have been moved or cancelled in recent months, leaving China's once busy international calendar looking threadbare.