In our weekly feature on the ins and outs in women's sport, England start the defence of their Women's Six Nations campaign with a win while Sofia Kenin is the latest first-time Grand Slam winner on the WTA Tour.

A week in the world of women's sport

A week in the world of women's sport


England got their T20 tri-series campaign Down Under back on track with an exciting Super Over win over Australia in the second match in Canberra.

After losing their opener against India by five wickets, England returned to winning ways courtesy of Heather Knight.

Having been asked to bat first, England were stuttering along 39 for three when captain Knight smashed a career-best 45-ball 78 to steer her team to a competitive 156 for four.

The visitors looked on course for victory as Nat Scriver and Sarah Glenn's three wickets apiece had Australia stumbling at 139 for eight, but Beth Mooney's 65 got the hosts to 156 for eight.

And so it went to the Super Over and Knight hit nine from three balls as England posted 10 before the bowlers then restricted Australia to eight.

Australia currently lead the standings after they beat India by four wickets in the third T20.

England will play India in the fourth match on Friday before they finish the round-robin campaign against Australia two days later with the final set for Wednesday February 12.

Meanwhile, South Africa have become the third country to earn a direct entry into the 2021 Women's Cricket World Cup in New Zealand following their 3-0 clean sweep over the White Ferns.

They join England and Australia as direct entrants with one more team able secure a direct place based on the 2017-2020 Women's Championship points table.

The final three teams will have to come through a qualifier to be played in Sri Lanka in July.


The LPGA has cancelled the Blue Bay LPGA tournament in China due to the coronavirus. The event was scheduled to take place from March 5-8 at the Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course on Hainan Island.

"Any time you cancel an event, it is a difficult decision and we appreciate how hard our title partner, IMG, the China LPGA and the China Golf Association have worked to host an incredible event," the LPGA said in a statement.

"The health and safety of our players, fans and everyone working on the event is always our highest priority. While we are disappointed that the tournament won’t take place this season, we look forward to going back to Blue Bay in 2021 and for many years to come."


Manchester City are the new pacesetters in the Women's Super League after they beat defending champions Arsenal 2-1 at the Academy Stadium.

Pauline Bremer and Lauren Hemp gave City a 2-0 lead before half-time, but Danielle van de Donk reduced the deficit early in the second half.

However, City hung on for the win as Nick Cushing ended his six-year stint as head coach on a winning note. Cushing is joining MLS side New York City as an assistant coach.

Chelsea were the other big winners on the weekend as the Blues thumped West Ham 8-0 with Maren Mjelde and Beth England both notching up a brace.

In other results, Brighton & Hove Albion beat Everton 1-0 and Reading and Manchester United drew 1-1. Liverpool's home clash against Birmingham City as well as Tottenham Hotspur's match against Bristol City were postponed.

Your standings after this weekend's games with Manchester City sitting pretty at the top and Arsenal dropping to third place.


England have kicked off the defence of their Women's Six Nations Championship with a 19-13 victory away against France in Pau.

Abigail Dow, Vicky Fleetwood and Emily Scarratt scored tries for the Red Roses with centre Scarratt converting two tries, while Laure Sansus scored Les Bleues' only try with full-back Jessy Tremouliere adding two penalties and a conversion.

"That was a proper Test match. The women’s game needs matches like this and it had everything, didn’t it? It can only be positive to be a part of it. It is great for the Six Nations," England head coach Simon Middleton said.

Ireland held off Scotland as they secured an 18-14 victory at Donnybrook.

Beibhinn Parsons scored a second-half intercept try for Ireland to go with Cliodhna Moloney and Sene Naoupu's touchdowns while Lisa Thomson and Emma Wassell crossed the whitewash for the visitors.

Italy claimed an away win as they beat Wales 19-15 at Cardiff Arms Park with Melissa Bettoni, Maria Magatti and Sofia Stefan scoring tires for The Azzuri while Kelsey Jones and Hannah Jones got five pointers for the hosts.


Congratulations Sofia Kenin! The American has become the WTA Tour's latest first-time Grand Slam winner after she capped off her magical run at Melbourne Park with the Australian Open title.

The 21-year-old was a rank outsider a fortnight ago, but she stunned world No 1 Ashleigh Barty in the semi-final and then claimed the scalp of two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the final to win her maiden major.

"My dream has officially come true," Kenin said during the post-match presentation. "If you have a dream, go for it, because it can come true."

She added: "I'm so proud of myself, my dad, my team, everyone that has been around me. We've all worked hard. We've been through tough times. We did it. We fought. I'm just on cloud nine."

Kenin has jumped to a career-high of No 7 in the latest WTA Rankings with Barty still No 1 followed by Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova.

By Shahida Jacobs, editor of