A PACKED weekend in Women’s Sports - Basketball, hockey, tennis OH MY!
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WTA 🎾 Miami Open
WHAT a week in tennis, huh? If you missed it, worldwide No.1 ranked women’s tennis player Ash Barty, who JUST won the Australian Open 2022 title, announced she is retiring from pro tennis. Talk about going out on top! We’ll definitely miss watching her dominate the court!
BUT - it’s time for the Miami Open! Do you realize what this means? We can watch the games at the same time they are happening, what a concept!
Many of our favourites are back - Canada’s Leylah Fernandez was unfortunately knocked out in the round of 64, so we won’t be able to watch her in action this weekend. Simona Halep of Romania rose in the ranks to become No.19 after an impressive run at the BNP Paribas Open where she made it to the semifinal, losing to Iga Swiatek (No.2), who went on to claim the title at that event.
Maria Sakkari of Greece rose to No. 3 after making it to the Final of the BNP Paribas Open, and she continues to impress. Watch out for her to make another title run in Miami. Naomi Osaka will advance to the round of 32 this weekend after winning her match Thursday against Germany’s Angelique Kerber.
The round of 64 continues today and into the weekend before we get into the round of 32, so make sure to watch to find out who Osaka and others will be matched up against!
As always it’s sure to be a tournament full of surprises, upsets and Cinderella stories - so make sure to tune into all the action in sunny Miami this weekend to see who advances in the WTA Miami Open!
2022 Women’s March Madness 🏀
Shake it up! The Creighton Bluejays did it and so did the South Dakota Coyotes. The 11th-seeded Princeton Tigers and 12-seed Belmont Bruins came soooooo close. You gotta love the drama of March Madness!
After a wild two days of second round play in the 2022 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament we’re heading into the Sweet 16 and it’s safe to say there are some major changes to the seeding.
The biggest adjustment comes right at the top. The South Carolina Gamecocks, who have been No.1 all season, are no longer leading the way. With their two blowout victories, the Stanford Cardinal are the new No.1 overall. And that’s just the beginning!! No.10 seed, South Dakota has been one of the most impressive teams in the tournament and that goes to show how unpredictable these tournaments are (and why it’s basically impossible to have a perfect bracket).
Of the top 16 seeds hosting first- and second-round games, five failed to advance to the Sweet 16, and three more – the Indiana Hoosiers, Tennessee Lady Volunteers and UConn Huskies – barely survived. Talk about a home-court advantage! 😂
I also want to mention that there are 20 Canadians participating in this year’s tournament! Canadians made history at last year’s tournament when one Canuck was represented in each team in the Final Four. Keep an eye out for our Canadian superstars! Here are some big names to watch 👉 South Carolina’s Laeticia Amihere, Stanford’s Alyssa Jerome, Louisville’s Merissah Russell, UConn’s Aaliyah Edwards + MORE!
PHF 🏒 Isobel Cup Playoffs
It’s the LAST weekend of the PHF Hockey season 😢 but before we get too sad about it there is some FANTASTIC hockey action to watch this weekend!
The PHF playoffs are going down March 25-28 in Florida, as the teams will face-off to crown the winner of the 2022 season! Plus there’s a theme - Making Waves! I wish every sport made themes for their playoffs - how fun is that?! It’s more than just a fun saying though – the ‘Making Waves’ theme represents the work these incredible athletes do on and off the ice to influence change and make an impact.
The playoffs are a survive and advance knockout bracket, where teams will only have one chance to play their opponent in hopes of moving onto the next round. Hopes are high for the Toronto Six, who spent most of the season on top of the standings until they were knocked to second place by the Connecticut Whale in the final weekend of the regular season.
Action starts Friday March 25, as the Boston Pride takes on the Buffalo Beauts at 4pm ET, and the Minnesota Whitecaps take on the Metropolitan Riveters at 7:30pm ET to kick off the first round! Winners of these matches will move on to face Toronto and Connecticut in the semifinal.
LPGA ⛳️ JTBC Classic
After a week-long hiatus the LPGA Tour returns to U.S. soil in California for the JTBC Classic! The field is headed by Danielle Kang, Jin Young Ko and more of the game's best players. This should be a lot of fun.
Although the field is STACKED I have my eyes set on Canadian, Maude-Aimee Leblanc. After retiring in 2019 Leblanc is BACK and ready to take on the 2022 Tour. Leblanc started the JTBC Classic in spectacular fashion on Thursday and things are looking good for the returning Canadian. Fellow Canadian Brooke Henderson will not be competing in the JTBC Classic but she’ll definitely be making her mark on the LPGA Tour in upcoming events.
With such a deep field, there’s number of competitors who can take home this title. Will defending champion Inbee Park get her first win of the year? Will Danielle Kang or Jin Young Ko come out on top! Tune in this weekend to find out!
SO! Check out the LPGA JTBC Classic on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the Golf Channel!
U Sports Women’s Hockey Championships 🥅
Here we go! Canada’s top university teams travel to Charlottetown, P.E.I. for the U Sports Women’s Hockey Championships THIS WEEKEND.
With a handful of hockey legends behind the bench, Canada’s eight best university hockey teams make their way to the University of Prince Edward Island in search of the Golden Path Trophy and the U Sports women’s hockey championship.
In addition to UPEI, the tournament will feature New Brunswick (UNB), McGill, Concordia, Brock, Nipissing, Saskatchewan and British Columbia (UBC). Each team, other than the host, reached the final of its respective conference.
Teams are seeded based on regular-season performance and compete through a single-elimination knockout bracket.
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