The Weekend Roundup
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With eyes trained on Vegas for the UFC fight night, Olympic boxing legend Nicola Adams was, somewhat under the radar, inching closer to realising her pro potential. Faced with a high octane onslaught of punches, Adams’ patient display saw her secure the interim WBO World Flyweight in a unanimous points victory over Isabel Millan. Whilst the Argentinian’s aggressive would have seen off a less focussed opponent, the 40-1 home favourite ducked and dodged before landing her own punches with pinpoint accuracy. The only scare came briefly in the fifth round when Adams slipped and fell – but with the composure of the true champion she was quick to recover. The win takes Adams’ record since turning pro in January last year to five from five and sets up a December meeting with Arely Mucino for the full WBO Flyweight Championship.
In front of a sizeable Nottinghamshire crowd the Lionesses came roaring back on Saturday. Clearly riding high after their recent World Cup qualification, it took only two minutes for the diminutive Fran Kirby to score the winning goal, superbly heading a Nikita Parris cross past de Monte Barbosa in the Brazilian goal. England’s opponents came into the game with a poor run of form, having lost their previous two games without talismanic FIFA Player of the Year Marta to spearhead their attack. After her winning performance Kirby praised manager Phil Neville’s confidence-boosting leadership as responsible for their recent successes. Indeed, this win against strong opposition bodes well for England’s chances next summer. Hoping to build on their performance, England will play their next friendly fixture against Australia at Craven Cottage tomorrow – tickets are still available here.
The China Open finished this weekend with a dominant victory for world number two Caroline Wozniacki against unseeded Anastasija Sevastova. After swooping to a 4-1 lead in the first set, Wozniacki lost some momentum as her opponent clawed back to 5-3. It mattered little though as the Dane was able to wrap up the match in a comfortable 6-3, 6-3. This is the third victory of the season for Wozniacki who looks to be returning to the form that saw her reach world number one at the same event in 2010. Regardless, the shift in the world of women’s tennis away from the old order of Williams’ dominance creates an exciting opening in the game. Still, we’re all waiting for Serena to clinch another major next year…
A wet and windy night in Stoke might be a the marker for difficult playing conditions in the UK, but the teams at the International Crown had a typhoon to contend with in South Korea. With play suspended on Saturday, the English quartet of Bronte Law, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Charley Hull and Georgia Hall were unperturbed by the less than ideal weather conditions to finish an admirable joint second with defending champions the USA. All members proved their worth, each securing points for the team. However, it is British Open winner Hall who will be particularly please with her performance after seeing off vastly experienced American Cristie Kerr on the final day. With three of the English team under 24, the future looks bright for women’s golf.
Uganda’s Juliet Chekwel secured ‘the biggest title of [her] life’ winning the Commonwealth Half Marathon Championship in 1:09:45. The event, held in Cardiff, was closely contended with Autralia's Celia Sullohen smashing her PB to finish a mere 20 seconds behind. After the race Chekwel expressed her own shock at the victory, ‘It was a great surprise. I broke off after 1km and there were a couple of men running around me who helped’. Scotland’s Steph Twell, who postponed her honeymoon to participate, finished seventh. Once the race had ended, the organisers announced the sad news that two runners had died following cardiac arrests.