In our weekly feature on the ins and outs in women's sport, Sam Kerr opens her Chelsea account as the Blues hammer Arsenal in the WSL while there is a double boost for women's motorsport.

A week in the world of women's sport

A week in the world of women's sport


England have confirmed their 15-player squad for the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup in Australia with all-rounder Georgia Elwiss recalled, replacing Kirstie Gordon.

Heather Knight will once again lead a squad that can count on experienced players like Katherine Brunt, Danni Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont and Kate Cross.

"I know they [England] can perform under pressure - we saw that here when they won the 50-over World Cup," coach Lisa Keightley said.

"World Cups are all about momentum and playing well in big games. If we can do that we will be in good stead."

She added: "The expectations are that we want to play well and get into a semi-final and final

"There are really competitive teams across the board.

"India are looking really good, South Africa are playing really well and New Zealand look really dangerous.

"It is going to be exciting competition and we will have to be playing well."

England will take on Australia and India in a warm-up tri-series before the T20 World Cup and the same squad will be on duty.

England squad: Heather Knight (capt), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones (wk), Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danni Wyatt.

Hosts and defending champions Australia, meanwhile, have included uncapped 18-year-old Annabel Sutherland in their squad with regulars Meg Lanning (captain), Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healey and Beth Mooney also featuring.

Dane van Niekerk returns from injury to lead the South African squad with regulars Lizelle Lee, Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismael also included.

South Africa squad: Dane Van Niekerk (c), Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee, Mignon Du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Sune Luus, Chloe Tryon (vc), Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune, Trisha Chetty, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Nadine De Klerk, Nondumiso Shangase


The winner of the season-opening LPGA event, the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, will be decided on Monday after officials were forced to suspend the playoff after five extra holes due to darkness.

Gaby Lopez, Nasa Hataoka and Inbee Park finished tied at 13-under-par 271 at Four Season Golf & Sports Club Orlando, Florida, and went into a playoff.

Park from South Korea was eliminated on the third playoff hole and Mexican Lopez and Hataoka from Japan shared the next two holes before play was called off for the day.

Today's round itself, it was a little bit disappointing," Park said. "I didn't hit many shots close or make a lot of putts. If I shoot under par, I should win, but that's golf."


Sam Kerr has opened her Women’s Super League account and what a game in which to do it as she was among the scorers as Chelsea hammered defending champions Arsenal 4-1.

On a day where a record 4,000 people turned up at Meadow Park, hosts Arsenal slumped to a heavy defeat against their London neighbours as they conceded three goals in the first 20 minutes.

Beth England opened the scoring with a curler before Kerr notched up her first Blues goal and then Sophie Ingle made it 3-0. Guro Reiten scored in the second half before Beth Mead got a consolation goal for the Gunners.

And here is the Kerr goal.

It means Manchester City are the new WSL pacesetters as they beat Birmingham City 2-0 away from home with goals coming from Ellen White and Keira Walsh.

Manchester United are up to fourth after they beat Tottenham 3-0 with captain Katie Zelem scoring twice.

In other results, Liverpool claimed their first win of the season as they beat Bristol City to move off the foot of the table, Everton beat Reading 3-1 and West Ham United claimed a 2-1 victory against Brighton.

The table makes for pretty reading if you are a Manchester City fan, but Chelsea have a game in hand.

The draw for the FA Women's Continental Cup semi-finals has been made and holders Manchester City will host Arsenal while Chelsea will face Manchester United away from home.

The semi-finals will take place on January 29/30 while the final will take place at Nottingham Forest's City Ground on February 29.


Female motorsport drivers have received a big boost after Ferrari announced it wants to add a woman to their esteemed Driver Academy.

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto believes women "should be part" of the development programme.

"We need to look at the future generation of talent for Ferrari," he said. "The Academy [is also looking] for women in the future. Women should be part of the Ferrari Academy. That's something on which we are working right now to make sure that it may happen very soon."

In further good news, two W-Series races will form part of Formula 1 support bill in 2020.

The all-female competition will feature at this year's United States Grand Prix on the weekend of October 25 and the Mexican Grand Prix the following weekend.

"We at W Series are absolutely delighted that, in only our second season, our championship has been welcomed by Formula 1, and we’re utterly thrilled that the final two races of the 2020 W Series season will therefore take place as part of the Formula 1 platform," W-Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir said.

"Our two all-new races will follow six races on the DTM platform, making a very varied, extremely exciting and truly international eight-race championship, in eight countries across the globe."

As for your 2020 W-Series season, the first race of the year will take place in St Petersburg on May 29/30 before it comes to a conclusion in Mexico.


England have gone down against New Zealand in their Nations Cup opener in Nottingham, losing 64-48 to the world champions.

The Silver Ferns were always in control of proceedings and built an early 10-goal and simply kept the foot on the gas.

England head coach Jess Thirlby admits her side made too many mistakes.

"The first half was good but we made too many errors. It was a disappointing second half," she said.

"We were up against the world champions and yes they've got a couple of changes [to the squad from the World Cup] but there's some seasoned internationals in there," added the 41-year-old, after taking charge for her first game on home soil.

"And the changes they made in the game, especially in the shooting circle kept asking questions of us defensively.

"Across the game there's plenty to be proud of, and for all 12 to take to the court will bode well."

n the opening match of the tournament, Jamaica defeated South Africa 59-54.

Hosts England will take on South Africa in their second match on Wednesday with New Zealand and Jamaica squaring off in the other match.


The first Grand Slam of the new decade, the 2020 Australian Open, is up and running at Melbourne Park and two of the favourites, defending champion Naomi Osaka and 23rd time major winner Serena Williams, had no problems reaching the second round.

Third seed Osaka beat Czech Marie Bouzkova 6-2, 6-4 while eight-time Australian Open champion Williams was a 6-0, 6-3 winner over 18-year-old Russian Anastasia Potapova.

Here is what Williams had to say when asked if her daughter knows what's happening during tennis matches.

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