In our weekly feature on the ins and outs in women's sport, Nelly Korda becomes the latest member of the Korda family to win in Australia while interest in women's sport is on the increase Down Under.


South Africa secured a clean sweep over Sri Lanka in their three-match ODI series.

A brilliant all-round display from captain Dane van Niekerk, which included a maiden ODI century and 2/26, saw the Proteas edge the visitors by just seven runs in the first match.

It was a more comfortable win in the second ODI as half-centuries by Marizanne Kapp, Laura Wolvaardt and Lara Goodall helped the hosts to post 268 for seven before the bowlers dismissed Sri Lanka for 231.

It was one-way traffic in the final match as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 139 with Sune Luus the pick of a brilliant bowling display with 4/30. Mignon du Preez led the chase with an unbeaten 61 as South Africa knocked off the target in 39 overs.

We are set for a busy fortnight in women's cricket as Australia are hosting New Zealand while England are away to India over the next two weeks.


It was the W-League Grand Final in Australia on Saturday with Sydney FC and Perth Glory going head-to-head at Jubilee Oval in Sydney.

And it was a thriller as the Sky Blues won 4-2 to lift the title for a third time.

United States international Sofia Huerta gave Sydney the lead, but the excellent Sam Kerr levelled things from the penalty spot for the Glory.

American forward Savannah McCaskill then gave the Sky Blues a two-goal cushion before defender Alyssa Mautz pulled one back for Perth.

Matildas midfielder Chloe Logarzo, though, sealed the deal with a goal in the 70th minute.

It was Women's FA Cup fifth round weekend in England and Manchester City and Chelsea were the big winners.

Women's Super League leaders City claimed a comfortable 3-0 win away against Championship pacesetters Tottenham Hotspur with England captain Steph Houghton as well as Lauren Hemp and Gemma Bonner getting the goals.

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Reigning champions Chelsea once again got the better of Arsenal as they beat their London rivals 3-0 in a repeat of the 2018 final through two goals from Bethany England and one from Jonna Andersson.

Liverpool also booked their place in the quarter-final with a 2-0 win over Millwall while Manchester United beat London Bees 3-0 and Reading were 2-1 winners over Birmingham City.

The big news from the National Women's Soccer League is that Brazilian great Marta will return to Orlando Pride for the 2019.

When she joined the Pride in 2017, Marta initially signed a two-year deal with an option for the third year and the franchise has now exercised that option.

As for the United States national team, Jill Ellis has named her 23-player squad for the SheBelieves Cup against Japan, England and Brazil.

Portlands Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan is unavailable for selection, but the usuals like Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Ashlyn Harris are included.


Interest in women's sport is growing at a rapid rate in Australia with The Guardian reporting that research has shown that there was a 48% increase in interest in women’s sport from the previous year. 

Fifty-three percent of Australians now watch women's sport on TV or attending live women’s sporting events. Yes, that's more than half of Australia's population.


Nelly Korda has completed the extraordinary "Korda Family Slam" Down Under after the 20-year-old won the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

The American carded a final round of 67 for a 17-under-par 271, two shots clear of Jin Young Ko, to secure the second LPGA Tour title of her young career.

She is now also part of the Korda club to have won major titles Down Under as her father Petr, a former professional tennis player, won the 1998 Australian Open, sister and fellow golfer Jessica won the 2012 Women's Australian Open and tennis playing brother Sebastian won the Australian Open boys' title in 2018.

"I’m finally a part of the club," Nelly said.

"She [Jessica]was pretty much-screaming congratulations, she was so happy for me. I mean this win was really special for my family.

"I think there’s something in the air here, we love coming Down Under.

"I just got off the phone with my Dad and he said ‘well, congratulations, you’re part of the Korda Slam now’."


The Women's Six Nations was on a break this past weekend, but the action resumes this coming Saturday when Italy host and Scotland travel to France. On Sunday Wales take on England at Cardiff Arms Park.


Elise Mertens was the big winner in women's tennis this week as the Belgian won the biggest title of her career when she lifted the Qatar Open.

The unseeded 23-year-old beat Kiki Bertens and Angelique Kerber en route to the final and then came back from a set down to see off former world No 1 Simona Halep in the championship game.

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By Shahida Jacobs, Tennis365 editor

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