In our weekly feature on the ins and outs in women's sport, we saw a new record-breaking partnership in the Women's Big Bash League while world No 1 Ashleigh Barty not only won the WTA Finals, but also walked away with the biggest winner's cheque in women's tennis.

A week in the world of women's sport

A week in the world of women's sport


The Sydney Thunder are the new outright leaders in the Women's Big Bash League, but the defending champions Sydney Sixers stole the show over weekend.

The Sixers' opening pair of Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry produced some magic as they shared a record-breaking unbeaten 199-run stand during their team's 45-run win over Melbourne Stars.

Wicketkeeper Healy smashed 109 from 53 balls and Perry chipped in with 87 from 68 balls before the bowlers restricted the Stars to 154 for six.

The Thunder, though, went top of the log with a six-wicket win over the Hobart Hurricanes.

England captain Heather Knight top-scored with 77 as the Hurricanes posted 148 for six, but Rachel Priest (50 from 34 balls) anchored the chase as the Sydney outfit got there inside 19 overs.

The Adelaide Strikers dropped to second place on the log after they went down by nine wickets against the Brisbane Heat.

This is what your standings look like after this week's results.

England have a new mentor with Australian Lisa Keightley being confirmed as their first full-time female head coach, taking over from Mark Robinson who stepped down after the Ashes defeat to Australia earlier this year.

"I’m massively excited. It’s a huge opportunity. It’s a team full of world-class players and to be given the chance to work with some of the players who I worked with a few years ago is really exciting," Keightley said. "I can’t wait to get started and see where we can get to.

"England are the current 50-over world champions and they made it to the final of the last ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. They’re a very competitive side and they wouldn’t be in big matches like that if they didn’t have a really strong group of players who can perform on the big stage. I’m really looking forward to getting under way and helping the team progress."

And if you want to find out more about the new England coach, then read this Q&A.


The Women's Continental League Cup took centre stage over the weekend and Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea were all victorious.

Manchester City got the better of Birmingham as Ellen White and Caroline Weir scored in their 2-1 win.

Man United, though, are top of Group C as they made it two wins from two matches with a 3-0 win at Everton.

In Group D, Chelsea picked up their third win in the round-robin phase as they beat Lewes 2-1 while Tottenham hammered Crystal Palace 3-0.

Your weekend results.

Meanwhile, England manager Phil Neville has named his squad for the friendlies against Germany and the Czech Republic.

Atletico Madrid striker Toni Duggan has received a recall to the national team, but there was no place for Chelsea attacker Fran Kirby.

"Toni has worked hard after coming out of the World Cup frustrated as she couldn't give her best - she now has her mojo back but now she has big competition on the left-hand side, with Beth Mead our best player last time out," Neville said.

"The best thing for Fran is for her to continue her recovery work at Chelsea.

"She had a slight knock and setback just before the start of the season and hasn't had a consistent run of games and to play for England is a step up from the WSL [Women's Super League] and you have to be 100% fit."

Your full squad.


Nelly Korda made it back-to-back titles at the Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA as she successfully defended her trophy after winning a three-way play-off.

The American, who started the final round with a three-stroke advantage, finished at 18-under-par alongside Germany's Caroline Masson and Australian Minjee Lee, but then won on the first play-off hole after coming up with a birdie.

"I kept telling myself, from the heart, from the heart, from the heart, because I was very nervous because it was my first play-off," Korda, who won her third LPGA Tour title, said.

"The wind kind of brought it back in. I made a couple 3-putts on the back. It just gets away from you so fast, and Caroline made a couple putts and she was one ahead of me on 17. I was like, geez, I have to make a birdie here. Jason [McDede] gave me a little pep talk going from 17 to 18, win or get into a playoff, so he was definitely great today."

Over on the Ladies European Tour, Marianne Skarpnord leads the Order of Merit with only two more events left.


England Netball have appointed a new chief executive with Fran Connolly taking over from Joanna Adams.

Connolly, who has been part of England Netball since 2001, has her sights sets high.

"As a sport we’ve been on an incredible journey and have experienced remarkable success over recent years," she told Telegraph Sport. "However, I truly believe we’ve only just scratched the surface of the potential that netball has.

"I want us to be the top-ranked netball nation in the world and winning regularly in the major championships that matter: the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games. We’ve started to see that and I want us to be consistent. We no longer just want to get to the final, we want to win it.

"I want us to be the leading team sport for women and girls - we are at the moment and I want us to stay there. Competition is fierce from other sports with far more money than we have."

And speaking of England, maybe fancy the new kit? Here you go.


A first WTA Premier Mandatory trophy, a maiden Grand Slam title, the world No 1 ranking, the year-end No 1 ranking and now the WTA Finals trophy.

It has been some year for Ashleigh Barty as the Australian capped off a brilliant 2019 by beating Elina Svitolina in the final of the WTA Finals in Shenzhen on Sunday.

Barty won 6-3, 6-4 to capture the season-ending title.

"It has been an incredible year," she told BT Sport. "Tonight was about coming out and fighting to the end. I couldn’t be prouder."

She added: "I’m proud of myself and the team, we tried to put ourselves in the biggest situations and occasions and we managed to do that."

Oh and did we mention that she walked away with a £3.42m cheque? It's also the biggest in women's tennis. Well, now we have.

By Shahida Jacobs, editor of