Weekend Sports Wrap
Another week, another epic battle on the field. From Tennis to Soccer and Rugby. This has been a weekend packed with action. Here’s what happened.
Nearly at the business end of this particular season. Not much surprises occurred as Super Rugby continued after the international break, the big one being the Crusaders defeat to the Hurricanes. With now only two rounds to go before the finals series. All three countries look well set with at least 2 contenders each within shouting distance.
Highlanders 21 – 27 Chiefs
Rebels 17 – 32 Reds
Crusaders 22 – 23 Hurricanes
Bulls 40 – 24 Cheetahs
The first week of the English grand slam has had its fair share of upsets. First Venus and then most shockingly Rafa Nadal. A tournament that has taken Andy Murray and Roger Federer to the edge. This makes for exciting viewing with the two week of play in mind.
Men’s Third Round
7-David Ferrer (ESP) bt 30-Andy Roddick (US) 2-6 7-6(8) 6-4 6-3
5-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) btt Lukas Lacko (SVK) 6-4 6-3 6-3
4-Andy Murray (GBR) bt Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 7-5 3-6 7-5 6-1
1-Novak Djokovic (SRB) bt 28-Radek Stepanek (CZE) 4-6 6-2 6-2 6-2
3-Roger Federer (SUI) bt 29-Julien Benneteau (FRA) 4-6 6-7(3) 6-2 7-6(6) 6-1
Women’s Third Round
6-Serena Williams (US) bt 25-Zheng Jie (CHN) 6-7(5) 6-2 9-7
4-Petra Kvitova (CZE) bt Varvara Lepchenko (US) 6-1 6-0
2-Victoria Azarenka (BLR) bt Jana Cepelova (SLO) 6-3 6-3
1-Maria Sharapova (RUS) bt Hsieh Su-Wei (Taiwan) 6-1 6-4
3-Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) beat Heather Watson (GBR) 6-0 6-2
The final of this tournament pitted two traditional heavyweights against each other in a highly competitive duel. Even if the final scoreline reads otherwise, Spain triumphed 4 – 0 against a seriously unlucky Italian outfit. Thoroughly outplayed, the Italian team suffered numerous setbacks and ended the game with ten men because of injury. It seemed Spain kept their best performance for last. Spain’s goals were scored by Silva and Alba, before halftime. Torres and Juan Mata rounded up the victory to complete Spain’s third European crown ever as well as their third consecutive major international tournament victory in a row.
Gordon Igesund was named Bafana Bafana’s head coach on Saturday. Igesund signed a two contract with SAFA and will start his duties as the new national coach immediately.