The Weekend Roundup
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Heroics from Hannah Hampton in Birmingham City’s goal wasn’t enough to keep Arsenal at bay, as the Gunners eventually emerged 0-1 victors thanks to a 71st minute Katie McCabe goal. The win takes Arsenal 1 point clear at the top of the Super League with a game in hand and secures a Champions League spot for next season.
Struggling Liverpool looked to have turned their fortunes around this weekend as they went into added time all square with title challengers Manchester City, but it wasn’t to be. A beautifully placed free kick from City’s Caroline Weir was tidily headed home at the death by Jennifer Beatti to seal the win. Chelsea’s draw at home to West Ham means they are now out of the title race. However there was better news for the Blues midweek as a late goal from Maren Mjelde saw them beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 on aggregate and secured their place in the Champions League semi-finals.
Another big title win for another young player – last weekend Australia's Ashleigh Barty claimed the biggest singles title of her career so far with a 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 victory over former world number one Karolina Pliskova in Miami. This marks a huge shift for the 22-year-old who will move into the world top 10 for the first time. Barty's latest win continued her remarkable ascent since returning to the sport in February 2016 having quit two years earlier to play cricket professionally.
It’s also an interesting marker of where the sport is at the moment, and shows that 2019 will continue to be an interesting year in tennis with some more surprises due over the summer – Barty’s win on Saturday means the first 14 events of the 2019 women's singles season have all been won by different players. All eyes on the French Open…
A tense battle between Loughborough Lightning and Saracens Mavericks saw the hosts overturn a 22-25 halftime deficit to win 54-49. The result sees Lightning leapfrog Saracens into third in the league table and go level on points with leaders Wasps (who beat London Pulse 67-35) and Manchester Thunder. Thunder, who have a game in hand, can take themselves three points clear at the top if they beat second from bottom Strathclyde Sirens this evening.
Defeat in the 2018 World Cup in the quarter-finals and coming a lame third after losing to New Zealand on penalties in the Commonwealth Games; Great Britain’s road since their famous 2016 Olympics gold has not been a smooth one. After key members of their squad retired, GB have been steadily rebuilding their squad. This weekend’s 3-1 against the United States in the FIH Pro League provided a much needed confidence booster and indicates there could be in upturn in their fortunes. In her 50th international appearance Lily Owsley scored twice and provided the assist for Emily Defroand. Afterward Owsley remarked, ‘to win in unbelievable...it’s been a tough journey, a tough transition since the World Cup, and I feel exhilarated and relieved.’