In our weekly feature on the ins and outs in women's sport, Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt give England a winning start against Pakistan while Chelsea comeback stuns Manchester City in the WSL.

A week in the world of women's sport

A week in the world of women's sport


England Women have opened their series against Pakistan in Malaysia with a commanding 75-run win in the first ODI.

The foundations were laid by openers Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt as they both scored centuries during a 188-run opening stand that propelled England to 284 for six.

Kate Cross then picked up four wickets for 32 runs as Pakistan were dismissed for 209 with captain Bismah Maroof top-scoring with 69.

But Beaumont and Wyatt were the stars of the show.

Take a bow Brisbane Heat as they are the 2019 WBBL champions!

They finished top of the standings and then won the grand finale against the Adelaide Strikers, comfortably winning by six wickets to successfully defend their title.

After opting to bowl first, Brisbane restricted the Strikers to 161 for seven with Amanda Wellington (55 from 33) putting up some resistance late in the innings.

Opener Beth Mooney then blasted an unbeaten 45-ball 56 to steer her side to back-to-back trophies.

Some celebrations.


Arsenal remain top of the Women's Super League, but Chelsea have moved into second place after they produced a brilliant second-half comeback to stun Manchester City.

Two goals from Vivianne Miedema and one from Scotland international Kim Little helped the pace-setting Gunners to a 3-1 win away against Reading.

Chelsea are up to second as they beat City 2-1. Caroline Weir had given the visitors the lead, but Beth England and Maren Mjelde scored in the second half to hand the Blues victory.

In other results, Manchester United beat Everton 3-1, Liverpool drew 1-1 with West Ham, Tottenham secured a 1-0 win over Brighton while Birmingham claimed a 2-0 victory away against Bristol City.

This is what your standings look like after the weekend's action.

And in case you missed it, United States World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe won the Women's Ballon d'Or with England's Lucy Bronze second and Alex Morgan from the US third.

Meanwhile, the 2021/22 Uefa Women's Champions League will have a new format as a 16-team group stage will be introduced.

The top six countries by ranking, including England, will all receive three qualification spots.

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It was double delight for Esther Henseleit in Kenya on Sunday as she not only won the Magical Kenya Ladies Open, but also claimed the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit and the Rookie of the Year titles.

And it was some final round from the German as she started the day seven shots off the pace, but ended up winning by one stroke on the back of a course record eight-under-par 64 that saw her finish on 14 under for the tournament.

"To close the season with a win is the best feeling I could imagine. To be the Order of Merit winner and Rookie of the Year is just unbelievable," the 20-year-old said.

"Yesterday, after my round, I was a bit disappointed but I just tried to do everything better today. I definitely tried to win, although I knew it would be really hard.

"After nine holes, I saw I was two shots back and I knew it was possible.

"I just tried to make a lot of birdies and I hit some great iron shots and gave myself many short birdie putts. The course was beautiful and it played a bit easier today, because the greens were softer. I did the best I could."


In case you missed it last week, England Roses beat South Africa 2-1 in their series in Cape Town. The visitors won the first to first two tests 63-58 and 59-53 respectively, before South Africa avoided a clean sweep with a 54-48 victory in the final match.

Next up are New Zealand, Jamaica and South Africa in the Vitality Netball Nations Cup in Nottingham from January 19.


The BIG ANNOUNCEMENT from the world of women's tennis last week came from Caroline Wozniacki.

The former world No 1 will hang up her racket and retire from tennis after the 2020 Australian Open.

"In recent months, I’ve realised that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court," she said.

And a tribute to the Great Dane from the WTA.

By Shahida Jacobs, editor of