In our weekly feature on the ins and outs in women's sport, the host cities for the 2021 Women's Cricket World Cup has been announced, England are ready to defend their Women's Six Nations crown while the FA Cup fourth round is complete.

A week in the world of women's sport

A week in the world of women's sport


The host cities for the 2021 Women's Cricket World Cup have been announced with Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, Tauranga, Dunedin and Christchurch the chosen ones.

The tournament will run from February 6 and March 7 with Auckland's Eden Park staging the opening weekend while Hagley Oval in Christchurch will host the grand finale.

England are the defending champions with hosts New Zealand and Australia are the three teams who have already confirmed their participation.

As for on-field news, South Africa have claimed their first-ever series win over New Zealand as they have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in their three-match series.

The Proteas won the opening match by seven wickets after chasing down a target of 260 with openers Lizelle Lee (99) and Laura Wolvaart (90 not out) laying the foundations for the solid win.

Their bowlers set up the win in the second ODI as they dismissed the White Ferns for 115 with Marizanne Kapp taking four for 29.

Lee, Sune Luus and Mignon du Preez then all chipped in with the bat as South Africa chased down the target in 23.5 overs.


It was FA Cup weekend in England and Women's Super League sides Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Birmingham City and Liverpool were some of the teams to advance.

Katie McCabe and Lia Walti scored as Arsenal beat fellow WSL side West Ham 2-0 away from home while City dumped out neighbours Manchester United with a 3-2 victory away at their rivals.

Ellen White (2) and Jill Scott scored for City and Lauren James replied for United while Lauren Hemp scored an own goal.

The draw for the fifth round will take place on Monday evening.


Madelene Sagstrom has won her first-ever LPGA Tour title after she lifted the inaugural Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio.

The Swede carded a final round two-under-par 70 for a 17-under 271 at Boca Rio Golf Club to finish just one stroke ahead of Nasa Hataoka from Japan.

"It doesn't matter how you start," Sagstrom, who made a sluggish start to round four as she bogeyed two of the first five holes before upping her game said. "If you just continue fighting, things can go your way. And I just told myself, 'Keep fighting, keep fighting.'"

Meanwhile, the Ladies European Tour has announced an €18 million (about £15m) record-breaking total prize fund for the 2020 LET season, an increase of €4.5 million (£3.7m) from 2019.

Seven new events have been added and the campaign will feature 24 tournaments of which 15 will be on European soil.

The Scandinavian Mixed, the Creekhouse Ladies Open, the Saudi Ladies Championship, the Mithra Belgian Ladies Open and the Dutch Ladies Open are among the new events.

Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew OBE is delighted with the changes.

"I committed myself to playing on the LET in Europe last year and I couldn’t be more excited about what’s been achieved over the last 90 days to improve the schedule," she said.

"This is a tour that existing players and those joining for the first time should be proud to be part of. I’ll be keeping an eye on some of the exciting young players coming through as we look ahead to retaining the Solheim Cup in Toledo next year."


New Zealand have won the inaugural Nations Cup trophy at London's Copper Box after beating Jamaica in the final while England won bronze after beating South Africa in the third-place play-off.

The world champions Silver Ferns had too much in their locker for Jamaica as they beat the islanders 67-56 in the final.

"We just had to weather the storm, get better execution of the passes, put the ball into better space and make sure that we kept ball retention and I feel that once we did that we got on top of them really fast," New Zealand’s Dame Noeline Taurua said.

England edged South Africa 65-63 to take third place.

"I'm quite used to winning bronze - but I wouldn't want that to be my legacy in being involved with England," England defender Stacey Francis said.

"The [2018 Commonwealth] gold medal was testament to the potential for this team to be world-beaters. We don't want to become a team that is happy with a 50-50 success rate as we want to win every time we step on the court."


The start of the 2020 Women's Six Nations is under two weeks away with defending champions and Grand Slam winners England taking on 2018 champions France in their opener at Stade du Hameau on February 2.

"We have been in camp a few days a week now since the new year and everyone is itching to get started with the Six Nations," England captain Sarah Hunter said.

"It’s such a great tournament to be a part of. We are buzzing.

"Success for us would be to win the Championship but we have got to think a bit beyond that as we are 18 months away from the next World Cup, so we have got to be looking at our performance."

In the other opening weekend fixtures, Ireland host Scotland while Italy are away to Wales.


The third round of the 2020 Australian Open turned out to be a brutal one for some of the favourites as the likes of defending champion Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina all crashed out at Melbourne Park.

Two-time Grand Slam winner Osaka was beaten by 15-year-old Coco Gauff in straight sets.

However, Gauff exited the tournament in the next round as she was beaten by fellow American Sofia Kenin.

Former world No 1 Williams also suffered a third-round exit as she was sent packing by Wang Qiang while second seed Pliskova was beaten by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Russia and the fifth-seeded Svitolina was dumped out by two-time major winner Garbine Muguruza.

World No 1 Ashleigh Barty, reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep and two-time Grand Slam winner Petra Kvitova are now the main challengers for the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup.  

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