England squad named for French U21 championship

first_img England Golf is sending a squad of six players to the French Lady Junior Championship at St Cloud, near Paris, from April 17-21. They are: Gabriella Cowley, Annabel Dimmock, Alex Peters, Sophie Keech, Sammy Fuller and Sophie Lamb. This U21 championship is one of the most prestigious in Europe and always attracts a strong field of leading players, whose places in the tournament are determined by their position in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. The full field will play two rounds of stroke play qualifying before the leading 32 players go forward to the match play stages of the Esmond Trophy. The next best 16 players aged under 18 will contest the Cartier Trophy which was won last year by England’s Bronte Law. The players: Gabriella Cowley, 18 (Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire, image © Leaderboard Photography) was runner-up in this year’s Portuguese amateur championship. She won the England Golf girls’ order of merit for 2013, a year when her achievements included qualifying for the Women’s British Open, winning the Critchley Salver and helping England to retain their crown at the Girls’ Home Internationals. Annabel Dimmock, 17, (Wentworth, Surrey) won the 2014 Jones-Doherty Cup during a successful trip to the USA for the Orange Blossom Tour, where she was also runner-up in the South Atlantic women’s amateur. She has followed up by becoming runner-up in the Spanish women’s amateur, taking fifth individual place in the European Nations Cup and, with Steven Brown, winning the Sunningdale Foursomes. Alex Peters, 20, (Notts Ladies’, Nottinghamshire) won the 2013 England Golf women’s order of merit, sponsored by Lorrin Golf. During the year she was runner-up in the English amateur and Welsh stroke play championships and, like Gabriella Cowley, represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy against the Continent of Europe. She reached the quarter finals of this year’s Spanish amateur. Sophie Keech, 17, (Parkstone, Dorset) won the 2013 English girls’ championship, to add to her English schools’ and South West girls’ titles. She was a member of England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals. This year she received England Golf’s Silver Tee award for the way she combines her golf and her studies. Sammy Fuller, 14, (Roehampton, Surrey) was in England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals and represented GB&I in the Junior Vagliano Trophy. She had top-ten finishes in the 2013 women’s Welsh Open, Irish Open and English Close Championships, she won the Bridget Jackson Bowl and was third on the Lorrin Golf England girls’ Order of Merit. Sophie Lamb, 16, (Clitheroe, Lancashire) was leading points scorer in England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals, won the girls’ championship at the 2013 Fairhaven Trophies and represented GB&I in the junior Vagliano Trophy. She also helped England beat Spain in the annual U16 international. 31 Mar 2014 England squad named for French U21 championship last_img read more

Lemar falls from what could be his goodbye; Koke and Vrsaljko enter

first_imgKoke reappeared and relapsed almost at the same time in the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup; he was waiting for the derby with Madrid next Saturday, but he has advanced his return. For Vrsaljko, however, it could be his first minutes after more than a year standing still. On January 13, 2019 he played for the last time with Inter, before being operated on the knee. In summer he returned to Atlético and has been getting ready with the group for several months.On the other hand, and As in the previous five games so far in 2020, Simeone will not be able to count on Lemar. In the previous ones the reason was a muscle injury (hamstring), but now that he has recovered and had been able to train several days with his teammates, what he has left out is a gastroenteritis. This Saturday he did not work with the group and stayed at home recovering. He will not play against Leganés, which could have been the game of his farewell to Atlético. That is, it is possible that he leaves without saying goodbye, leaving the visit to Betis in December as his last participation of rojiblanco. Less than a week before the market closes, Lemar’s name is marked in red as one of the possible exits. Arsenal loves him and, as reported Monte Carlo radio, the London club already has started conversations with the soccer player, although the positions would still be far away. That said, all parties have only a few days to reach an agreement, either in the form of assignment or transfer. Beyond the team gunner, It is in the Premier where Lemar has more market and where it is most likely to end.The midfielder, 24, has played 21 games so far this season and has not had the explosion that was expected after a first course of adaptation. For example, you have not contributed neither a goal nor an assist. And the fans run out of patience with who is the second most expensive signing ever of Atlético, surpassed by João Félix only.Giménez, Costa and Arias, in nursingThey stay again besides Giménez and Diego Costa, that is lost what could have been his farewell to Atlético, if his departure in this winter market is finally consummated. And joins the casualty list Arias, who suffers an “injury to the adductor musculature of the left thigh.” On the other hand, with respect to the list of Leon Oblak and Morata return. Simeone has made the call public of 20 players for Atlético-Leganés on Sunday (12:00). In it two canteranos appear (Manu Sánchez and Riquelme) and there are two big news: Koke and Vrsaljko. It is the first call of the Croatian since his return in summer. Also returns Trippier, after a week stopped by a pubalgia. However, the technician will do two discards before the meeting last_img read more

Thomas, the soap opera of the summer

first_imgOthers at the club understand that it will finally renew. It is not easy to leave Atlético to succeed in other teams. Simeone usually get the most out of his footballers. There are recent examples of players who left and did not succeed where they left. Thomas is now a basic player for Cholo, he has gained experience and stripes. He seems ready to make the jump to other teams, to other championships, but this carries a risk. Just in case, at Atlético they have always sent very positive messages to Marcos Llorente. Now that thanks to his two goals at Anfield he is a hero and before, when he didn’t play much. Marcos Llorente is called to play in that anchor position for Thomas, although he is performing very well on the right wing. We will see in which of the two positions Cholo places him in the future.Atlético will go through a difficult economic position of not qualifying for the Champions League. The economic hole will be important and the sale of a footballer could be the solution to their problems. When it is known if the team plays Champions or not, it will be possible to guess which will be the direction taken by the sports management. The words of Thomas’s father and the subsequent responses of the footballer do not leave him in a very good place.Atlético had to sell to very important players. De Gea, Agüero, Falcao, Griezmann left … It seemed then that the club was going to disappear and it has not been like that. Other pieces arrived and Simeone managed to get the team up, sometimes playing well and others boring until saying enough. But fighting for titles. And with Thomas or without Thomas, the same will happen. Because Cholo has achieved one thing above all: that Atlético is a team. Thomas can become the soap opera of the summer at Atlético. The situation of the Ghanaian midfielder is giving a lot to talk about in recent days with the protests of his father, on the one hand, and the subsequent response of the footballer, on the other hand. And they haven’t gone on the same direction. While the father, as it is clear from his words, would look favorably on a possible departure from Atlético, the footballer denies everything and ensures that there is no contact with other clubs. The Madrid club, meanwhile, has been waiting for months for a positive response from the footballer to renew. It remains to be seen if this soap opera gives for many more chapters over the coming weeks and months.. Manchester United and Arsenal await the Atlético player.Thomas has a long-standing Atlético renewal offer. Offer that doubles his salary and also his withdrawal clause, of 50 million euros. In the club there are different opinions: some understand that if Thomas has not renewed it is because he does not have much interest in doing so. At 26 years old (in June he will be 27), he is at the best moment of his career. His contract with Atlético is until June 2023 and the club has already moved to try to tie him for more seasons. But the player has not yet said yes. In his statements, he has never said categorically that he will continue, although neither has he left.last_img read more

UWI put one foot into RSPL final

first_img Looking back at the game, he said that although Portmore created some good chances, it was down to his team turning over the ball a lot. “A lot of their chances were as a result of turnovers. We have to correct the mistakes and come back,” he said. UWI should welcome back the experienced duo of defender Kemar Flemmings and midfielder Dawyne Smith, who missed the game due to different reasons. “We will have back Flemmings, who missed the game because of a one-match suspension, and Rick (Smith), who had work commitment. They will make the team stronger,” Peart explained. Patrick Brown, who entered the field as a substitute in the second half, scored the all-important goal. “It is a semi-final, so to come off the bench and score the winning goal is a great feeling,” Brown said. “We have to go back and focus on the second game. We will continue the good work and move on to the final,” he added. Meanwhile, losing coach Linval Dixon rued the missed chances. ‘We missed a lot of chances that we should have scored and it came back to haunt us,” Dixon reasoned. “We have to get ourselves ready for the second leg,” he added. In the other first-leg semi-final, Arnett Gardens face off against Humble Lion at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town tonight, starting at 8. The University of the West Indies (UWI) FC made a bold step towards a place in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) final when they staged a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Portmore United yesterday at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Clarendon. Portmore took the early lead when Ricardo Morris netted in the third minute. However, Girvon Brown equalised when he scored a header in the 22nd minute. Substitute Patrick Brown scored the winner in the 68th minute. The Portmore team had some clear chances to score, but were let down by faulty shooting from Morris, Cleon Pryce and second-half substitute Maalique Foster. UWI’s assistant coach, Andrew Peart said that it was a good feeling for his team after ending a four-game win-less streak during the late part of the preliminary stage. “Yes, we are satisfied with the team’s performance and victory, based on previous games in which we failed to win,” Peart told The Gleaner. He admitted that it was a slim lead, so the two-way tie was far from over. “We are fully aware that a one-goal lead is not much to play around with. We will go back home and prepare for the return game that is set for our home turf,” the coach said. GOOD CHANCESlast_img read more

76ers unleash 81-point first half to rout Timberwolves

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 76ers: Signed G Corey Brewer to a 10-day contract. He has career averages of 8.9 points and 2.8 rebounds in 783 games.WHAT A HALFThe team record for points in a first half is 86. The Sixers shot 66 percent (31 of 47) and had 21 assists on 31 baskets.JIMMY JAMButler had voiced his frustration with the state of the Timberwolves and was soon traded to the Sixers. The Sixers need more big games from him to contend.“There are times that I wished he’d shoot more 3s. There are times I wished he’d put this thumbprint deeper into the game,” Brown said. “But he plays the game the right way.”SIR CHARLESSir Charles is ready for his close up.Charles Barkley, the 76ers great whose retired No. 34 hangs in the rafters, is set to play a substitute gym teacher in Wednesday’s episode of “The Goldbergs.”“In my gym, we’ve got two rules. Number one, we NEVER give up. Number two, aliens are real and they walk among us,” he says in the episode. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, center, hangs on the rim after a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA— Jimmy Butler’s final miserable months in Minnesota were blighted by trash talk toward his teammates and a sour demeanor that forced the Timberwolves to trade him.At home in Philadelphia, Butler is still working out the kinks with his new star teammates. But Butler had one final parting gift for his old team: a complete thrashing that left the Timberwolves in tatters.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ZOO HOURSThe 76ers honored broadcaster Marc Zumoff for 25 years as the team broadcaster.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host San Antonio on Friday.76ers: Play Thursday at Indiana.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Warriors score NBA-record 51 in 1st quarter to crush Nuggets Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Simmons, who had 20 points and 11 rebounds, flexed and Embiid waved his arms to an adoring crowd after big baskets.Butler took a backseat in his first game since the Timberwolves sent him to the 76ers in a package deal that brought forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric in return.“It was everything that I thought it would be,” Butler said. “Seeing some old faces. Not too much trash talking, though, I don’t think anybody’s talking like that. I like the fact that we beat them.”Covington and Saric were popular core pieces of Philadelphia’s Trust the Process rebuild and both received massive ovations from an appreciative crowd in tribute videos.“It means they really appreciate what I did the last three years here,” Saric said. “I’m thankful for that. They really respect me.”The Sixers found thumping the Timberwolves a breeze. They’re having a tougher time molding the Butler-Simmons-Embiid combination into a dominant Big 3 instead of a big mystery. The Sixers have a thin bench and are experimenting with rotations to find the right ones that can make them evolve into the Eastern Conference favorites they expected to become this season.Sixers rookie general manager Elton Brand hits the Feb. 7 trade deadline with a major mission: strengthen the reserves. Former Sixers Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova steadied the Sixers last season as midseason pickups and Brown needs more of that punch for a deep run in the East this season.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Derrick Rose led the Timberwolves with 15 points and Saric had 11 in his return. Covington sat out with a knee injury. Tyus Jones left with a sprained left ankle.“We’ll look at the film and work on moving forward,” coach Ryan Saunders said. “Our communication was not up to our standards.” LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Butler scored 19 points in the first meeting with Minnesota since the trade, and the 76ers scored 83 points in the first half in a 149-107 rout on Tuesday night.“I do want to beat those guys,” Butler said, “but I want to beat every team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Golden State Warriors were the only team to score more first-half points in a game this season when they dropped 92 on the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 29. The Sixers hit a team-record 21 3-pointers and reached their highest point total in the 22-year history of the Wells Fargo Center.Joel Embiid had 31 points and 13 rebounds in a final tuneup before the Sixers hit a pivotal stretch of the season. View comments MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “We’ve got some heavyweights coming in but so be it,” coach Brett Brown said.The Sixers needed the breather against Minnesota. They play their next 12 games against teams with winning records and the Sixers are not quite where Brown wants them as they go toe-to-toe with those NBA heavyweights.“Not to the level that I wished it was,” Brown said. “It’s not anything that I’m panicking about.”They never had reason to worry about Minnesota.The Sixers stuffed a season’s worth of highlights into the first half. They cut to the hoop with ease for layups and big Ben Simmons dunks. They buried mostly uncontested 3-pointers — 10 of 20 in the half — and even made all 11 free throws.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Govt tables Telecoms, PUC Bills in Parliament

first_imgAfter much anticipation and expectation, Government has finally taken the Telecommunication and Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Bills to the National Assembly.The Bills were tabled by Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes on Tuesday. They were read for the first time.Earlier this month, Minister Hughes told Guyana Times that she intended to have the proposed legislation presented to the National Assembly before the end of the month. However, at the time, the Bills were with the Attorney General (AG) Chambers for legal vetting.The Bills were then handed to Cabinet for final review before presentation to Parliament. GTT currently holds a 20-year plus monopoly over the telecommunication sector and stakeholders, particularly Digicel, have long been calling for this control of the telecoms market to be broken.The Telecoms Bill, which was first introduced in 2011 and revised in 2013, was with a Special Select Committee in the 10th Parliament and was near conclusion when Parliament was prorogued in 2014. The Bill is among 12 others that were recalled in the 11th Parliament.Meanwhile, under the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration, the Telecoms Bill underwent a new set of consultations with the two main players in mobile service and other stakeholders including the Private Sector Commission (PSC) and several Non-Governmental Organisations before it was submitted to Cabinet for review.Government had even appointed two overseas consultants – Janice Brendman and Geeta Ragubir – to complete the work on the Bill. The Telecommunications Bill seeks to create a competitive regime in the telecommunications sector. It provides for an open, liberalised and competitive sector that will be attractive to new market entrants and investors, while preserving the activities of the current participants.By creating this competitive environment for telecommunications, the Bill is expected to result in greater choice, better quality of service and lower prices for consumers. The Bill also specifically addresses the expansion of telecommunication networks and services into unserved and under-served areas, through the institution of a new universal access/universal service programme, in an effort to further national and regional social and economic development.At the launch of Digicel’s 4G Internet service earlier this month in Bartica, the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kevin Kelly urged the immediate passage of the Bill, noting that a liberalised telecommunications sector in the country will stimulate competition, which will in turn result in better services for customers.Kelly added that once the Telecommunications Liberalisation Bill passes, Digicel will take immediate steps to introduce cheaper services such as Internet rates and international calls as well as the possibility of landline services.Meanwhile, in a more recent interview with Guyana Times, CEO of GTT Justin Nedd said his company is ready to relinquish its hold on the telecoms sector. He pointed out that this will provide a level playing field for all the players in the sector. “I believe that the sector is already liberalised, though not formally, but once the Bill is passed and assented to law, everybody will have to play by the same rules, report to the same regulator, pay the same taxes and I believe we are ready for that because we have been doing it for decades,” the CEO stated.When asked about the impending competition that will follows the break of the 20-plus year monopoly that the company has over the sector, Nedd posited that GTT has been competing with its main opponent Digicel for several years on many fronts and so customers can expect only better things.last_img read more

Women placed on $30,000 bail each after Patentia showdown

first_imgTwo Patentia, West Bank Demerara (WBD), residents were placed on $30,000 bail each following their appearance at the Wales Magistrate’s Court on counter charges. First was 28-year old unemployed Melissa Duncan, who was accused of damaging Deopattie Singh’s gold chain worth $80,000 on September 18, 2018, at Patentia, WBD, where they both reside.She entered a plea of not guilty after the Police prosecutor applied to have the indictable matter tried in the Magistrate’s Court. Her alleged opponent, Singh, a seller, was similarly accused of damage to property, with Police stating she damaged Duncan’s mobile phone on the same day in question. The device was valued at $33,000.Singh, 36, was also accused of assaulting Duncan but she denied both charges. The women will both return to court on December 20, 2018, as the matter continues before Magistrate Rochelle Liverpool.last_img read more

Sound too good to be true? Deputies warn: Beware of con artists

first_img“If (victims) heard this from law enforcement one time, that that particular scenario is a scam, they wouldn’t have fallen for it.” The Santa Clarita station’s number of credit-card fraud and identity-theft cases increased from 284 in 2003 to 691 in 2005, Anderson said. In a recent case of fraud, an 89-year-old Santa Clarita Valley resident was contacted earlier this month and told he had won $1.5million from the fictitious Global National Lottery Sweepstakes, Anderson said. The catch was the “winner” was told to send $22,000 in supposed taxes, which he did, Anderson said. The money is now gone. Investigators say that in another common scam, a con artist will buy something from the victim with a worthless check or money order. The victim will receive a note for more than the cost of the item being sold. Claiming to have sent too much money by mistake, the con artist will ask the victim to wire over the difference in cash. That happened to one 63-year-old Santa Clarita resident, who on March20 advertised a couch for sale, sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Cambra said. The victim received a cashier’s check for $2,350, but the couch was selling for $500. The victim agreed to send $1,800 to a Canadian bank account and keep $50 for his troubles. On April 2, a bank notified the victim the cashier’s check was counterfeit, Cambra said. “Some people don’t fall for it, but a lot of people do because they think they’re entering into a business deal with somebody.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – A nearly new Hummer H3 offered online for a bargain price of $20,000, and all the seller wanted was a money transfer to a foreign bank. While not everyone would fall for the scam, investigators say that earlier this month a Santa Clarita resident did take the bait, and now the money is all but unrecoverable. For a Sheriff’s Department fraud team, the episode is another reminder of the need to educate the public about scams. Motivated by a rising number of identity-theft cases, authorities since October have given talks to local groups on avoiding fraud. “We’ve noticed that a lot of times the scams are pretty obvious,” said Sgt. James Anderson of the Santa Clarita station. last_img read more

MEG Energy stock rises on plan to lower spending, pay debt, maintain output

first_imgCALGARY — Shares in oilsands producer MEG Energy Corp. rose by as much as 3.9 per cent Friday after it announced lower capital spending and a continued focus on debt retirement in 2020.Analysts applauded the Calgary-based company’s plan to spend $250 million next year — about $20 million less than some expected — with production that is still forecast to meet expectations at between 94,000 and 97,000 barrels of bitumen per day.MEG says about $210 million of the budget is considered sustaining and maintenance capital.- Advertisement -It plans to spend $20 million to complete a processing facility expansion to provide more steam generation, water handling and oil treating capacity at its northeastern Alberta works which use steam to produce bitumen from wells.The remaining $20 million is mainly for needed field infrastructure and regulatory and corporate capital costs.MEG says after reducing its debt by $500 million this year, it will continue to allocate all excess free cash flow to further reductions. Net debt is expected to fall to just under $3 billion by the end of 2019.Advertisement MEG shares rose as high as $5.85, up 22 cents, on the Toronto Stock Exchange. A year ago, they were trading at $8.55.This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Nov. 22, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:MEG)The Canadian PressAdvertisementlast_img read more

Serena, Sharapova poised for French Open last-16 duel

first_img0Shares0000See you in Paris: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova could meet in the French Open last 16 © AFP/File / SAEED KHANPARIS, France, May 24 – Three-time champion Serena Williams could face longtime rival Maria Sharapova in the French Open last-16 after Thursday’s draw which also handed Rafael Nadal a dream route to an 11th title.Serena, the champion in 2002, 2013 and 2015, will start against Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic. Former world number one Williams, now ranked a lowly 453, is playing a Grand Slam for the first time since she won her 23rd major at the 2017 Australian Open after which she stepped off the tour to give birth to her daughter in September.Pliskova, the twin sister of world number six Karolina, has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros.Williams, 36, has played just four matches on the tour in 2018 and not featured at all since Miami in March.Sharapova, champion in 2012 and 2014, could face Serena, against who she lost in the 2013 final at Roland Garros, in the fourth round.The Russian, who missed last year’s event after she was refused a wild card as she battled to rebuild her career following a 15-month doping ban, has not defeated Williams since 2004.The American leads their head-to-head series 19-2.Before they get to that stage, Sharapova would possibly have to get past Czech sixth seed Karolina Pliskova.Top seed and two-time runner-up Simona Halep faces Alison Riske of the United States in her opener while second seed and Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki starts against another American, Danielle Collins.Top seed Nadal starts his bid for an 11th Roland Garros title against Ukraine’s world number 54 Alexander Dolgopolov.Champions return: Rafael Nadal and Jelena Ostapenko with their French Open trophies at Thursday’s draw © AFP / Thomas SAMSONNadal, fresh from an eighth Rome clay court title having also won his 11th trophies in Barcelona and Monte Carlo already this spring, has a 7-2 record over Dolgopolov.“It’s always special when I come back to Paris where I have had so many wonderful moments in my career,” said Nadal at the draw ceremony ahead of the French Open which starts on Sunday.One glance at the draw would have left the 31-year-old Spaniard feeling even more special after former champions Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka as well as clay court dangerman Dominic Thiem all landed in the other half of the draw where Alexander Zverev is the second seed.Nadal’s path to the final could see him face childhood friend Richard Gasquet in the third round, possibly Denis Shapovalov in the last-16, then Kevin Anderson, who he beat in the 2017 US Open final, and third-seed Marin Cilic in the semi-finals.Zverev, who lost to Nadal in the Rome final last weekend, has never got beyond the third round in Paris and was defeated in the first round last year.The 21-year-old German, who is seeded second in the absence of Roger Federer, begins his French Open against Ricardis Berankis of Lithuania.Djokovic, the 2016 champion who is down at 22 in the rankings after struggling to recover from an elbow injury, starts against a qualifier and could meet fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round.The 31-year-old Djokovic showed signs of a return to form in Rome where he made the semi-finals, losing to Nadal.Wawrinka, the 2015 champion in Paris and runner-up to Nadal last year, begins against Spain’s Guillermo Garcia Lopez.Swiss veteran Wawrinka has missed three months of the year after knee surgery and only returned to action in Geneva this week where he won one match before losing in the quarter-finals on Thursday.Defending women’s champion Jelena Ostapenko, fifth in the world, starts against Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine and could face former world number one and two-time Grand Slam title winner Victoria Azarenka in the second round.Third seed Garbine Muguruza, who beat Williams in the 2016 final, starts against Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2009 champion in Paris.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more