This was another weekend full of sporting matches and games that we should have watched or kept up with.
But if you missed it, don’t worry Aman and I have will keep you updated on what you missed this weekend, like maybe the opening matches of the FIFA Women’s 2019 World Cup.
Along with the Women’s World Cup, we have the results of Tennis’ French Open for both Men and Women. Last week, I told you about Serena Williams’ early exit, but let’s find out who won the French Open this year.
We’ll also be talking about the big fight from Saturday night and of course the NBA and NHL Finals. We even have some WWE news to talk about as this past Friday featured some first-time ever matches.
There is also weekly Cricket provided to us by Aman, so let’s see what we missed!
South Korea no match for France:
It took South Korea 78 minutes before they found their first shot against France in the opener of the Women’s FIFA World Cup in Paris at a sold out Parc des Princes. The French completely out-matches the Koreans 23 shots to one and the result ended 4-0, the winners being obvious.
Éugenie Le Sommer’s goal and Wendie Renard’s two goals left the scoreline at 3-0 at half-time, though it could’ve been 4-0 if Mbock Bathy’s goal wasn’t called offside. But in the 85th minute, captain Amandine Henry found the net to end the game at 4-0.
Bonansea brace beats Australia:
While the first half was all about Australia, Italy won the second half and the game along with it. While Samantha Kerr scored in the 22nd minute to give Australia the lead, Barbara Bonansea was the hero as she first tied the game for Italy in the 56th minute, before scoring the winner in the 95th minute.
England edge past rivals Scotland:
England’s Lionesses started their World Cup campaign off with a win over Scotland, the score being 2-1. In the first half, the first goal came through a Nikita Pariss penalty after VAR judged Nicole Docherty had handballed. Ellen White made it 2-0 for England before the half, wiping Scottish competition out of the game. However, Claire Emslie managed to find the net in the 79th minute, but England held on for the win.
Chelsea manager to leave for Juventus:
Turns out Maurizio Sarri won’t be the long-term manager Chelsea are looking for. Despite winning the Europa League and finishing runners up in the League Cup, Sarri is set to leave Chelsea after he signed a three-year deal with Italian giants Juventus.
Women’s French Open:
After two of the top women went down early in the French Open, the field was wide open for the taking.
This year’s winner was 23-year-old Australian Ashleigh Barty and it didn’t take her long to do it. Within an hour, Barty beat Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova (6-1,6-4).
This is Barty’s first time winning a French Open and she has become the first Australian woman since Margaret Court in 1973 to win the title in Paris. Congratulations to Ashleigh Barty.
Men’s French Open:
But here is where things got interesting because before we get to the final between Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal, let’s see how Thiem got there.
It took him all five sets to edge No. 1 Tennis player, Novak Djokovic (6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5).
Nadal was waiting for the winner of Djokovic-Thiem match as he beat Roger Federer in straight sets on Thursday.
Sunday a Men’s champion was crowned and that is Rafael Nadal after winning in four sets (6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1). This is Nadal’s 12th French Open title and his 18th career Grand Slam.
The 12 French Open titles makes him the first player, man or woman, to win the same Slam 12 times. He has also helped himself by gaining ground on the major total and sits two behind Federer’s all-time record (20) while Djokovic (15) is still behind both Federer and Nadal.
WBO Featherweight World Title Fight:
Going into their fight on Saturday night, Oscar Valdez was struggling to meet the weight of 126 lbs. as a featherweight. He did get to that weight and he fought one of his best fights round-by-round performance.
Valdez beats Jason Sanchez 117-110, 118-109, 118-109 winning unanimously after 12 rounds. In round five, Valdez got a knockdown on Sanchez. He also gave Sanchez a strong left hand in bout. Sanchez also got in several good jabs on Valdez as the two went jab for jab and show respect as the final seconds ticked off.
Valdez will improve to 26-0 (20 KOs). He is also 7-0 as the Featherweight Champion. Sanchez (14-1) drops his first bout after coming into the fight 14-0 (7 KOs). If Valdez remains in the Featherweight class, I could see these two going again.