The Weekend Roundup
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Arsenal stun Chelsea with dominant away win
After the international break the WSL was back with a bang. Arsenal continued their blistering start with a 5-nil away win over reigning champions Chelsea. The shock scoreline is Chelsea’s first league defeat since May 2017. Arsenal’s lead came in the 21st minute when Kim Little neatly put away a penalty after Emma Mitchell was fouled in the box. A strike from leading goalscorer Miedema put the visitors two nil up at half-time. Chelsea were not without their chances, and it took a gallant performance from Pauline Peyraud-Magnin in goal to dash England’s mid-week MVP Fran Kirby. Arsenal now sit top of the WSL table with a goal difference of 18 and a game in hand – the rest of the league need to seriously up their game if they’re gonna catch them.
Just five games in and the Premier 15s is becoming a two horse race
Saracens made it five in five with their win over Wasps this weekend. The host got off to a shaky start, scoring just one try in the first half. After the break their fortunes changed and they were able to extend their lead to 21-0 before the visitors scored their only try. Saracens’ Fleetwood and McKenna – who returned after a four day training camp with England – were both in fine form despite their lack of respite. However, the league leaders still have Loughborough Lightning hot on their heels after their convincing 36-18 home win to Bristol Bears. Fans will have to wait until late November to see the two face off at Allianz Park.
Daniella Ryf shows incredible determination to secure another Ironman World Championship victory
Sporting feats don’t come much tougher than completing an Ironman. Daniella Ryf’s fourth consecutive Ironman World Championship title pretty much cements her status as super human. If the distance wasn’t challenging enough, 31-year-old Ryf suffered a jellyfish sting two minutes before the starting gun. In her words, ‘my most painful 3.8k followed.’ The injury meant she had a slow swim (by her standards) and emerged from the water nine minutes off the lead. A tremendous bike and run saw her battle back and finish with a 10 minute lead. Props also to Britain’s Lucy Charles who equalled her previous year’s result winning the silver medal with a swim time of 48 mins 48 seconds, setting a new course record. At just 25, Charles is definitely one to watch in long-distance.
England Roses slip up in Jamaica
Unlike her brother, who stuck to a tried and tested formula when the Lionesses faced an inexperience Australian side earlier this week, Tracey Neville fielded a team of newbies and paid the price against Jamaica. The Roses, who have had an exceptional season thus far, suffered a heavy 58-39 loss which put them an unassailable two nil down in their three game test. The defeat shows up the England’s squad frailties and suggests they’ll need to take a full strength first team to next year’s World Cup if they’re to stand a chance of repeating their commonwealth heroics.
After her group silver last weekend, it was second best again for England’s Charley Hull
After a strong first three days at the KEB Hana Bank Championship in South Korea, British hopeful Charley Hull was tied for the lead with Danielle Kang going into the fourth and final round. However on the last day of play Hull hit only one under par, offering an opportunity for her opponents to mount a challenge. The home favourite Chun In-gee duly hit a phenomenal six under to secure the title on 16 under par. The two-time major winners greater experience was obvious as she held her own despite the crowd pressures. Hull on the other hand was left ruing her chances.
Tension builds as another WTA finalist is announced
With the WTA Finals fast approaching Sloane Stephens’ joins Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki in qualifying for this year’s event. The world number eight’s place is confirmed ahead of world number five Elina Svitolina. Serena Williams ruled herself out of the event back in September, which leaves the final two spots up for grabs.
In other news Caroline Garcia beat Pliskova - who will also be looking to join the WTA final ranks - to secure her first title of the year at the Tianjin Open, the sixth career title for the Frenchwoman.