In our weekly feature on the ins and outs in women's sport, Scotland claim one of their best-ever results in football while the Women's British Open could be headed to Muirfield.

Golf

The first women's major of the 2019 season took place last week with Mission Hills Country Club in California hosting the ANA Inspiration. 

And Jin Young Ko was the woman to walk away with the glory as she became the 15th South Korean to win a major.

Having won the Rookie of the Year award last year, Ko was expected to push on this year and boy did she push on at Mission Hills as she won by three strokes.

She closed with a 70 on Sunday to finish at 10-under-par 278 with compatriot Mi Hyang Lee second at seven-under and American Lexi Thompson another shot adrift.

"I won the tournament and that’s a happy moment," Ko said afterwards. "I thank God, I thank my parents, I thank my grandparents. It is an honour for me to join so many great Korean players. I’m honoured to be here."

She added: "I just focused on my swing, on the putting, that’s why I win this week. I won. I can believe it now." 

Staying with the majors, and Muirfield could host the Women's British Open in two years. 

The Scottish golf course only voted in favour of allowing women to join the club for the first time in 2017 and they have now set their sights on the Women's British Open with Telegraph Sport reporting "it now appears to be a question of when and not if, it will be the venue for the female major. It could even be as soon as in two years."

Football

It is international week on the women's calendar and England suffered a narrow defeat to Canada in their first game with Christine Sinclair scoring her 180th goal nine minutes from full-time to edge her team to victory.

Next up for England are Spain on Tuesday.

In other results, the United States beat Australia 5-3 with Alex Morgan notching up her 100th goal in the process.

Here is goal No 100 for Morgan.

Here are the highlights of the match against Australia.

The USWNT followed up that win with a 6-0 demolition of Belgium while in other results, World Cup hosts France beat Japan 3-1, Spain defeated Brazil 2-1, Sweden 1-2 Germany, Netherlands 2-0 Mexico, Scotland 1-1 Chile.

However, the result of international break came on Monday when Scotland followed up their 1-1 draw with Chile with their first-ever win over Brazil with Kim Little scoring the only goal of the game in the 38th minute. 

It means Shelley Kerr's outfit are unbeaten in their last four games and morale will be high ahead of the World Cup while Brazil have lost nine matches in a row.

Rugby

Qualification for the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup will have a new pathway with a Repechage tournament to be hosted for the first time in its history.

The top seven placed teams from WRWC 2017 (New Zealand, England, USA, France, Canada, Australia and Wales) have secured automatic qualification to the tournament.

Four of the five remaining spots will go to the winners of the expanded Oceania Women’s Rugby Championship 2019, the 2020 Rugby Europe Women’s Championship, the Asia Rugby Women’s Championship 2020 and the new African women’s competition to be held in August 2019.

The final place will come from the winner of the Repechage event, which will take place in 2020. It will comprise of the second-placed teams from the Asia, Europe and Oceania tournaments and the winner of the play-off between South America and second-placed team from the Africa regional qualifier.

Tennis

Garbine Muguruza and Madison Keys were the big winners on the WTA Tour last week.

Two-time Grand Slam winner Muguruza successfully defended her Abierto GNP Seguros title as Victoria Azarenka retired midway through the second set due to injury.

The Spaniard was leading 6-1, 3-1 when the former world No 1 threw in the towel.

"It’s a great feeling to come back and defend a title," Muguruza said. "It’s never easy."

American Keys won her maiden clay-cout title when she defeated Caroline Wozniacki in the Volvo Car Open final, winning 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 in Charleston. 

"It means so much," Keys said after the match. "I've always loved Charleston. It's always been one of my favorite tournaments, so to now be able to say that I've won the tournament and be on the trophy is really, really special."

By Shahida Jacobs, editor of Tennis365.com

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