Andreescu and Fernandez Return to the Court at Indian Wells 🎾
The 4% Rising... It's what's on TV.
In partnership with CBC Sports, The 4% Rising is your guide to finding and watching women's sports online and on TV. Subscribe now to receive this guide each week.
The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells is HERE. And did you say it’s the first ever fall classic in the California desert after a two-and-a-half year hiatus?! Count me in.
With the Akron WTA finals Guadalajara just around the corner, stakes are HIGH and the athletes are here to compete. And yes, we’re still in the opening rounds of the tournament but I can already feel the Canadian stars getting ready to shine.
And of course when I say Canadian stars I’m talking about Indian Wells defending champion Bianca Andreescu and 2021 US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez.
This is Fernandez’s first event since her breakout performance in New York and as one of many Canadian viewers who fell in love with her spirit and grit at the US Open, I’m excited to see her return to the court. Emma Radacanu is also returning to competition after her first ever WTA title win at the 2021 US Open. Both of these young players are seeded in their Indian Wells debut and will surely bring the fire this week.
As the Indian Wells defending champion, I reallllllly want Andreescu to perform well this week. The Canadian is the 16th seed at this event and despite her up and down 2021 season, she has the opportunity to recreate some of her magic in the Coachella Valley.
Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals
It’s 25 degrees in Cagliari, Italy today. There’s plenty of sunshine, water, sand AND... the girls brought their volleyball.
After getting rescheduled from September to October 6 due to COVID-19 protocols, the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals are finally underway! With an intense start from the very beginning, three teams remain undefeated so far: Russia’s Svetlana Kholomina and Nadezda Makroguzova, Switzerland’s Nina Betschart and Tanja Huberli, and our very own Canadians Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan.
If you’re not ready for sweater weather yet, teleport yourself from the couch to the beach this weekend. Starting bright and early Friday morning, athletes will be competing with the pressure to make it to Saturday’s Quarter Finals, followed by Sunday’s Bronze and Gold Final, hoping to be crowned the best in the world.
Yes, the Olympics were a little disappointing if you wanted to see a Canadian winner, but after beating the number one duo from Brazil (Agatha and Duda) on opening day, the girls are letting everyone know they mean business.
Early bird gets the worm! The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals will begin at 5 AM Eastern on Friday, October 8th, until Sunday October 10th on CBC Sports!
The WNBA Playoffs seem to be stocked full of surprises. Lower seeded teams putting up a dog fight against their higher seeded counterparts and a couple of GOATs doing GOAT things. Talk about excitement! Can you feel it? I sure can.
The UNDERDOG Chicago Sky are first to punch their ticket to the 2021 WNBA Finals after defeating the No. 1 seeded Connecticut Sun 79-69 on Wednesday night and taking the series 3-1. Taking your hometown to the Finals must feel pretty sweet and that's exactly what Candace Parker did in Game 4. She dropped 17 points, a team-high nine rebounds, seven assists, two blocks, and two steals. A mouthful, isn't it?
The Sky advanced to the finals for the first time since 2014. With Courtney Vandersloot and Kahleah Copper showing up BIG thus far for Chicago, we are sure to see a thrilling series with this team in the finals mix. But, we must wait for their opponent...
Despite the Windy City finishing the deal in Game 4, the Phoenix Mercury were not as lucky on home court. It seemed like they got a taste of their own medicine being blown out by the Las Vegas Aces 93-76 after having dominant offensive performances in games 2 and 3.
In the second half, it looked like Phoenix was not going to make this easy on Las Vegas, but then the Aces went on a 24-0 run, sparked by Liz Cambage and Chelsea Gray, digging the Mercury in a deep, deep hole. Gray finished with a game-high 22 points, six assists, and four rebounds.
The series is once again tied at 2-2 and from a fan perspective, this is absolute gold! Who doesn't love a Game 5 win-or-go-home?
P.S. It was a pretty star-studded turnout for both games. Chicago native Chance the Rapper, the great Scottie Pippen, and several Chicago Bulls took in the action. Meanwhile, Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and more Suns showed their support down in Phoenix. So the point is: they know what's goooood!
WNBA playoff games this weekend:
Las Vegas Aces vs. Phoenix Mercury - Friday at 9pm ET
🏆 FINALS: Chicago Sky vs. TBD - Sunday at 3pm ET
NWSL action is back after the postponement of last weekend’s matches due to misconduct allegations.
Players are calling for changes in the league and are suggesting measures such as the increase in the diversity of voices within the clubs’ board of directors, and giving seats to players in order to increase transparency and action.
NWSL players are rising up and coming together to support one another to do everything in their power to make the league a better and safer place.
Games this weekend:
Orlando Pride vs. Gotham FC - Saturday at 7pm ET
Washington Spirit vs. Racing Louisville - Saturday at 7:30pm ET
Kansas City vs. Portland Thorns - Sunday at 5pm ET
Houston Dash vs. North Carolina Courage - Sunday at 7pm ET
OL Reign vs. Chicago Red Stars - Sunday at 7pm ET
Women’s Sports on TV Guide
Only 4% of national airtime is devoted to women’s sports. At The 4% our objective is to promote what, when, and where to watch women’s sports to help raise awareness and grow the audience for women’s sports on TV.