In our weekly feature on the ins and outs in women's sport, Sam Kerr finally gets a taste of WSL action while Ashleigh Barty and her fellow tennis stars donate money to Australia’s bushfire victims.

A week in the world of women's sport

A week in the world of women's sport

After the long holiday break, it is time to get going again and here is something inspirational to ease us into 2020.

In case you missed it, United States (or USWNT if you like) forward Alex Morgan is currently on maternity leave as she is expecting her first child.

However, that doesn't mean she is not still on top of her game. Here she is six months pregnant and still putting the ball in the back of the net.

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More football below.


It's a BIG year in the world of women's cricket as it's a world cup year with Australia hosting the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup.

The seventh edition of the tournament will run from February 21 until March 8 with 10 teams taking part.

Defending champions Australia headline Group A with India and New Zealand the other big guns in the group with England are favourites in Group B with South Africa and the West Indies also featuring.

Here is something to get you in the mood.


Welcome to the Women's Super League, Sam Kerr!

The Australian great finally made her Chelsea debut and played a key role in the Blues' 3-1 come-from-behind win over Reading.

The hosts found themselves 1-0 down due to a Fara Williams goal, but Kerr then announced her arrival with a brilliant assist for Beth England before Guro Reiten and Erin Cuthbert completed the comeback.

Here is Kerr's assist and England's goal.

And how about this for a finish from Reiten!

Kerr speaking after her debut for the Blues.

Chelsea remain third in the standings, four points adrift of defending champions Arsenal, who beat 2-0 Birmingham City with Kim Little and Jordan Nobbs getting on the scoresheet.

Another nifty goal from Nobbs.

In other results, Manchester City beat Tottenham 4-1 away from home, Bristol City were also victorious on the road as they claimed a narrow 1-0 win over Manchester United while Brighton beat struggling Liverpool 1-0.

Here are your standings after the weekend's action.


The 2020 LPGA Tour season only gets underway on January 16 with the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Florida while the Ladies European Tour starts on February 20 with the Australian Ladies Classic in New South Wales.

In late 2019, 2019 Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year Honour’s List.

"It’s a great honour to be awarded the OBE," the Scot said. "It is great to keep ladies’ golf in the spotlight and this honour is not just for me but the whole team and it’s great to see us recognised in such a special way. My two daughters Katie and Sophie are super excited to go to Buckingham Palace, as when I got the MBE in 2010, they were too young to make the trip.

"This honour caps off what’s been an outstanding year for me. It was literally a dream come true, to captain a winning European Solheim Cup team in front of amazing home crowds at Gleneagles in September."

The formal ceremony will take place at Buckingham Palace in early 2020.


The 2020 WTA Tour season is up and running with several top players using this week's Brisbane International, Shenzhen Open and Auckland Open to gear up for the season-opening Grand Slam, the Australian Open.

However, much of the focus is also on the ongoing bushfires in Australia and several of the world's best players are donating money to help victims of the fires.

World No 1 Ashleigh Barty will donate her prize money from the Brisbane International to the relief fund.

"It's been really terrible, it really has. For me, this started two or three months ago," the Australian said.

"We have to remember, this has been going on for a long time across our whole country.

"The first I saw of it was actually flying home from the Fed Cup final [in November], from Perth back to the east coast of Australia, and we could see some of the smoke and some of the fires from the plane. So that really hit home with me."

Meanwhile, five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova has pledged $25,000.

Current Wimbledon champion Simona Halep as well as Petra Kvitova are among the players who are also digging deep into their pockets.

By Shahida Jacobs, editor of