Across the Net: Issue 25
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On Wednesday, Japanese 44th ranked Naomi Osaka beat 5th seed Karolina Pliskova in straight sets to bag her place in the semi-finals. The 20-year-old will face world number one Simona Halep of Romania on Friday, Osaka’s first in a Premier Mandatory event. She has already stormed through the competition taking out her first four opponents with [relative] ease, including former world no 1 Sharapova.
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It's been a little over a year since we last saw a Williams sisters face off – you know, the one where Serena was two months pregnant and went on to win the Australian Open. This was the first singles tournament of her comeback, but this match was Venus', and she took it with a 6-3, 6-4 victory. Following her maternity leave, Serena's lost her ranking as world no. 1 and will sit close to 500th when she plays in the Miami Open later this month. A dangerous outsider for sure.
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This week, FIFA President Gianni Infantino's executive council will consider whether to approve plans for a new global women’s league. The proposed competition would feature 16 of the world’s top national teams and start in 2020, alongside plans to add four regional leagues to encourage the development of women’s football globally.
Infantino said, “we are also thinking of creating a world women’s football league so that all federations can participate, because we should not lose sight of the fact that 50 percent of the world’s population is female,” Errm OK not exactly brand new info but sure. As members briefed on the plans for the women’s game have not been provided with any financial projections for the tournament, or a commercial strategy, he may struggle to get the fast approval he's looking for.
On Wednesday night, Arsenal won the Continental Tyres Cup for a record fifth time, taking their silverware back from opponents Man City. Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema scored the game's only goal, denying the strong favourites at Adams Park. As holders of the Women's FA Cup, Women's Super League One title and Continental Tyres Cup before the match, City had been tipped to remain in possession of all three of English women's football's most sought-after titles.
Millie Knight has claimed her second Winter Paralympics medal in as many days in Pyeongchang. Knight added to her silver in the women’s downhill with another silver in the visually impaired super-G, along with her guide Brett Wild [pictured]. Eighteen year old Millie said of her achievement, “if you’d said I would have two medals in two days at the Paralympics I would have said you are crazy. This time four years ago I was sat in the crowd watching Kelly [Gallagher] win gold and now I’ve made the podium myself." Yeah ya have! ⛷👊🏼
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This interview with Shaunagh is actually from January, but we thought it was worth highlighting in the run up to the end of the Six Nations this weekend. The back-row forward of Harlequins, who has been compared to Forrest Gump, is a multi-talented athlete – she's also boxed professionally and thrown the hammer at the Commonwealth Games.
England are bracing themselves for a bittersweet evening in Coventry on Friday – whilst they are predicted to overcome Ireland, it is also likely they will learn afterwards that France have secured their fifth grand slam in a game that kicks off half an hour later. However, England captain Sarah Hunter does not believe it's a two-horse race; “We saw with last weekend’s results, with Scotland and Italy both winning away, that it’s not predictable. I know France are favourites to win in Wales but all we can do is focus on our own game and make sure we end the championship on a high."
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A two minute vid in which the 23-year-old golfer from Northampton discusses how working on small details of her game helped her win a First Ladies European Tour title. You can also watch her putting coach use the latest tech to analyse her performance on the green.