Cups galore! More madness! A full weekend of women’s sports is on deck.
TGIF! This is what we’re watching this weekend.
Billie Jean King Cup
Originally called the Fed Cup, the Billie Jean King Cup is a tournament honouring tennis great Billie Jean King, whose lifelong battle for equity and social justice laid the foundation for generations to come.
The Billie Jean King Cup is one of the most important tournaments between national teams in women’s tennis. Taking place from April 16-17, sixteen nations will be facing off for the chance to progress to the next stage of the tournament.
The eight winning nations will go on to the Qualifiers in 2022, while the eight losing nations will compete in their respective regional Group I event in 2022.
Billie Jean King Cup Playoffs Draw:
The LPGA says aloha to the island of Oahu this weekend for the ninth edition of the LOTTE Championship. Beginning with this week’s tournament, each LPGA tour stops over the next few months will have an intense game within a game, as players try to earn their way to the Tokyo Olympics.
Following the ANA Inspiration, the top three Rolex Rankings were from South Korea and the following three from the United States. BUT as of this morning, Philippine’s Yuka Saso and New Zealand’s, Lydia Ko are on top of the LOTTE leaderboard.
Check out the star-studded field of ladies golf professionals and tune into the LOTTE Championship this Friday and Saturday between 7-11pm ET on the Golf Channel, NBC Sports and the following international channels.
Women’s UEFA, Lyon vs. Paris
Lyon and Paris meet on April 18 for the last spot in the Champions League semi-finals with Lyon 1-0 up in the first leg.
No team is hungrier to knock Lyon off their perch than Paris. But they face a huge task after the seven-time European champions did what champions do in the first leg: win despite being outplayed.
The holders have won 11 of their previous quarter-finals, but their advantage is slim and Paris—still ahead of Lyon in the French league—remain the last club to have knocked them out in this competition.
Check out the Lyon vs. Paris showdown on Sunday at 8am ET on beIN SPORTS XTRA!
2021 NWSL Challenge Cup
The NWSL Challenge Cup continues today as OL Reign vs. Houston Dash match up at Cheney Stadium!
OL Reign are making their Challenge Cup debut against the current cupholders. The team is looking to get in the action and build on their tactics. Houston will look to bounce back against the Pacific Northwest squad after playing to a 0-0 draw against Chicago to begin their title defense.
Women’s Six Nations Rugby Championships
Round three of the Women’s Six Nations Rugby Championships will unfold this weekend in Dublin, as Ireland host France in a winner-takes-all clash in Pool B. Members from both sides will be eager to provide the moment of magic that could fire their nation into the Championship showpiece.
Scotland and Italy will also be facing off in Glasgow with both looking to record their first victory of the Championship and secure a second place finish in Pool A.
Check out the Women’s Six Nations Rugby Championships this Saturday on DAZN!
NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament
For the first time ESPN is airing the entire NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. But, much like the women’s basketball tournament, it’s off to a rocky start with issues such as less than ideal playing surfaces.
The 48-team, 47-match tournament is being held at a single site in Omaha, Nebraska. Wisconsin holds the No.1 seed and the 13-0 Badgers are looking to win their first-ever NCAA title.
The Top 16 seeds: No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Texas, No. 5 Nebraska, No. 6 Washington, No. 7 Purdue, No. 8 Florida, No. 9 Ohio State, No. 10 Oregon, No. 11 Louisville, No. 12 Baylor, No. 13 Penn State, No. 14 Utah, No. 15 Washington State, No. 16 BYU.
Super League Triathlon
The top triathlon athletes descend on Rotterdam this Sunday for a unique mix of live and virtual events. Athletes compete in three rounds of fast and furious action. The swim takes place in an Olympic size pool and the bike and run legs on static equipment with the racing realized through virtual technology.
Female competitors: Rachel Klamer, Beth Potter, Lisa Tertsch, Sophie Coldwell, Alice Betto, Maya Kingma, Ilaria Zane, Kate Waugh, Anna Godoy, Rani Skrabanja.
Following on from her victory in London, Beth Potter is hoping to run a world record 5km on the road, but will face stiff competition in Rotterdam, particularly from Sophie Coldwell.
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Thanks for reading, that’s all for this weekend…see you next Friday!