In our weekly feature on the ins and outs in women's sport, the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020 started with a couple of shock results while Manchester City and Chelsea thrilled fans in the Women's Super League.

A week in the world of women's sport

A week in the world of women's sport


The ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020 kicked off with a big bang as favourites and defending champions Australia as well as England suffered shock defeats in their opening matches.

First hosts Australia were stunned by India as the they went down by 17 runs in the tournament opener with batter Deepti Sharma (49) and leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (4-19) starring for India.

Also in Group A, New Zealand kicked off their campaign with a solid seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka with captain Sophie Devine anchoring their chase of 128 with an unbeaten 75 from 53.

The West Indies also got off the mark with a win as they beat newcomers Thailand by seven wickets after the bowlers restricted the Asian country to 78 for nine with Stefanie Taylor leading the way with three for 13.

But there was another shock in Group B on Sunday as South Africa upset England by six wickets in a tight match.

After opting to field first, the Proteas Women restricted England to 123 for eight as Natalie Sciver's 50 from 41 balls gave England's bowlers something to defend after Ayabonga Khaka picked up three for 25.

However, South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk (46) and Marizanne Kapp (38) set their side on the way to their first-ever T20 World Cup win over England.

England captain Heather Knight, though, says they are not panicking after one defeat.

"We fought really hard but it didn't quite come off for us," she said. "It was quite a tight game, so that will take a lot out of us."

She added: "It's not panic stations - far from it. It could easily have gone the other way and we know that we've got a lot more to give. There are a lot of teams that can win this World Cup. Every team has match-winners."

Australia, meanwhile, got back on track on Monday as they beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in their second group game.

Chamari Atapattu anchored her side's innings as she scored a 38-ball 50 as they were restricted to 122 for six, but Rachel Haynes then replied with a 47-ball 60 to lead Australia to victory.


The 2020 Ladies European Tour kicked off with the Australian Ladies Classic Bonville over the weekend and amateur teenager Stephanie Kyriacou enjoyed a dream runaway victory.

The 19-year-old Australian claimed an incredible eight-shot win at Bonville Golf Resort to claim her maiden LET title.

Kyriacou started the final round with a two-stroke lead and carded a seven-under-par 65 to finish at 22-under for the tournament with world No 35 Ayean Cho in second place at 14-under.

"I’m lost for words and still on cloud nine. I think everything was going my way today. I was pretty confident going into the last round," Kyriacou said.

"I did get off to a good start. The first hole wasn’t great again, but after that I bounced back and had five birdies in a row. After that, I played a bit more defensive, because I assumed I had a bit of a lead by then.

"On the last hole, I was thinking about what would happen, but I told myself to get a par and then worry about it."


Manchester City and Chelsea produced a thrilling 3-3 draw in the Women's Super League on Sunday.

In a ding-dong battle at The Academy, Ellen White gave the hosts the lead midway through the first half, but Ji So-yun drew Chelsea level six minutes before half-time.

City regained the lead in the 60th minute through Georgia Stanway, but the visitors were again level eight minutes later through Magdalena Eriksson.

England forward Beth England then gave Chelsea the lead with a stunning long-range effort, but Lauren Hemp rescued a point for City with a close-range effort two minutes later.

For the record, Stanway's goal was the 2000th goal in the Women's Super League.

Here is that record goal.

In other results, Manchester United moved up to fourth with a 3-2 win away against Everton, Bristol City also won on the road as they beat Birmingham 1-0, Tottenhm were 1-0 victors away to Brighton while West Ham claimed the only home win as they beat Liverpool 4-2.

Your standings after this weekend's action.

And if you were wondering why Arsenal didn't play, wonder the no more as the defending champions were in FA Cup action and they beat Lewes 2-0 through goals from Caitlin Foord and Danielle van de Donk.


The 2020 Netball Superleague season is underway and Manchester Thunder started the defence of their title with a 62-55 win over Wasps.

In other results, Team Bath were 72-58 winners over Loughborough Lightning, Surrey Storm claimed a narrow 44-43 win over Celtic Dragons, London Pulse edged Strathclyde Sirens 51-53 and Saracens Mavericks were runaway winners as they secured a 70-49 win against Severn Stars.


The Women's Six Nations Championship made a return this weekend and defending champions England made it three from three as they brushed aside Ireland 27-0 at Doncaster's Castle Park.

Captain Sarah Hunter, Abby Dow, Jess Breach, Vicky Fleetwood and Sarah McKenna scored tries for England.

"From a tactical point of view, it was a very disappointing second half, but it's a great win for us," England head coach Simon Middleton said.

"We didn't look fluid in that second half. But at the same time we put a good first half together. We got ourselves into the game and then got ourselves out of the game."

It was one-way traffic at Cardiff Arms Park as France hammered Wales 50-0 with Cyrielle Banet (2), Laure Sansus (2), Safi N'Diaye, Marine Menager, Julie Annery and Camille Boudard all touching down.

The match between Italy and Scotland at Legnano was postponed due to the coronavirus, but this is what your standings look like after the weekend's action.


World No 2 Simona Halep walked away with the big WTA Tour title over the weekend as she won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

And Halep was made to work for her win by 20-year-old Elena Rybakina as the Kazakh player won the opening set and had a 3-1 lead in the decider before the reigning Wimbledon champion hit back to win 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).

"I fought hard, I really wanted (to win) this tournament because I love playing here and I gave everything I had. Now I’m actually pretty dead!" the two-time Grand Slam winner said after winning her 20th WTA singles title.

She added: "It’s very special to be in 2020, 20th anniversary of this tournament, 20th title. It’s pretty special. I just want to enjoy it. It’s very, very beautiful."

By Shahida Jacobs, editor of