The Weekend Roundup
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The Superleague Grand Final will see Manchester Thunder take on holders Wasps next weekend at The Copperbox. Thunder narrowly edged out Team Bath 57-54 to secure their spot in the final.
Serena Guthrie stood out in centre court for Bath, helping secure turnovers early on. However, sloppy errors from Bath allowed Thunder to gain control of the first quarter which ended 18-14. An intense second quarter saw Bath work hard i to peg the Mancunians back level and went into halftime just one behind at 28-27. Bath’s frenetic pace of the previous quarter started to show as Thunder once again pressed into the lead in the third quarter to go into the final 15 with a 44-39 advantage. Thunder were quick to widen the gap once play restarted, leading by 48-40 with just over 10 minutes remaining. This proved decisive as, although Bath fought back to within three points of Thunder, they were never again able to draw level.
After the game Bath head coach Karen Greig praised her team. ‘Unbelieveable performance. We were slow out of the blocks but once we found our feet we really chipped away at them and put them under a lot of pressure.’ Nevertheless, the victory was rightfully Thunder’s.
Wasps meanwhile made light work of Loughborough Lightning winning 74-54.
It was a double blow for Simona Halep this weekend as she lost the final of the Madrid Open to Kiki Bertens and missed out on the number one ranking. Her 6-4, 6-4 loss was uncharacteristic for the Romania, however her Bertens was on a fine vein of form in the tournament, not dropping a set throughout despite facing four Grand Slam champions. The result makes Bertens the highest ranking Dutchwoman in history. With the French Open around the corner, this result suggests the big title is anyone’s game
The final weekend of the WSL season ended in fitting style for Arsenal as they beat Manchester City 1-0 at home. The result secured the golden boot for striker Vivianne Miedema with a record breaking 22 goals in 19 WSL appearances this season. Closest of the chasing pack was Manchester City’s Nikita Parris with 19 goals who announced she would be leaving the club after the game. Her creative prowess and clinical displays in front of goal this season have garnered global attention with European giant Lyon her most likely new club. Watch this space…
Jessica Andrade demonstrated precisely why she’s earned the nickname Bate Estaca - meaning pile driver - as she beat Rose Namajunas in emphatic fashion at the UFC 237. The victory secured the UFC women’s strawweight world title. Namajunes started strongly, gaining the advantage in the first round, and was edging the second when Andrade unexpectedly hoisted her opponent into the air and back onto the canvas for a hair-raising instant knockout.
After her victory Andrade explained, ‘I knew what I had to do in the second round…she was slowing down and I wanted to be able to knock her out.’