F1 W Series returns, surprises at Wimbledon, WNBA power rankings & NWSL news
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W Series’ 2021 season continues this weekend as a support race for Formula 1’s Syria Grand Prix. The W Series was announced in late 2018, ahead of the inaugural 2019 season and has played a crucial role in encouraging and supporting women in motorsport.
In the beginning, the series raised some concerns and people feared it would further segregate women from Formula 1 racing. However, the W Series’ first season only helped open doors - promoting female drivers and providing them with elite-level professional experience. The W Series is truly inspiring in its mission to build an inclusive sporting series that empowers women to be a part of motorsport on equal terms with men.
What’s also cool is W Series drivers are selected purely on their ability and the series’ cars are mechanically identical. MEANING... money won’t help you! W Series winners and champions are crowned based on talent alone.
Track and Field Wanda Diamond League Series
The meets just keep on coming! And the lineups are STACKED!
With the Tokyo Olympics less than a month away, the Stockholm Diamond League will give athletes a chance to compete against some of the best in the world to get ready for the big stage.
However, Canadian shot putter Brittany Crew is sitting this meet out. As a medal contender she won’t risk a setback by competing over the weekend. I back her decision! Taking a positive approach to injury recovery is never a bad call and the extra rest could give her an edge at the upcoming Olympic Games.
Check out the 2021 Track and Field Wanda Diamond League Series in Stockholm Sunday at 10am ET on CBC Sports!
Welcome back, Wimbledon. The Championship returns to the All England Lawn Tennis Club this weekend and the tournament has already provided its fair share of headlines.
Let’s get the bad news over with… Canada’s Bianca Andreescu is out after straight losses in the first round. Andreescu struggled with her service game, winning 57 per cent of first-serve points and just 24 per cent of second-serve points. It was clear she didn’t feel a connection to the grass courts this time around.
Serena Williams’ time at Wimbledon also ended in tears as she was forced to retire from the tournament due to a leg injury. The seven-time Wimbledon singles champion was among the favourites to win this year but her early departure will clear the way for some up and coming talent.
I think it’s too early to predict who will be the Wimbledon women’s singles champion this year but the weekend will give us a little bit more context. Who will use the slippery grass to their advantage? Who will bring their A-Game? And who will surprise us? Anything can happen!
*And stay tuned for next week's newsletter where we’ll be covering the women’s singles final and the women’s doubles and mixed doubles final!*
Ups and downs galore! The historic 25th season of the WNBA continues rolling on and the Las Vegas Aces have officially replaced Seattle Storm at No.1 in the league.
The Seattle Storm were looking absolutely unstoppable, especially on the road, where they were unbeaten this season. But it was only a matter of time. In beating the Storm on Sunday, the Aces proved they are squarely in the conversation for being the best team in the WNBA and coming in strong for the championship this season.
This weekend’s games:
Sky vs. Wings - Friday at 8pm ET
Dream vs. Storm - Friday at 10pm ET
Aces vs. Sparks - Friday at 10pm ET
Mystics vs. Liberty - Saturday at 1pm ET
Sun vs. Fever - Saturday at 1pm ET
Lynx vs. Mercury - Saturday at 10pm ET
Dream vs. Aces - Sunday at 6pm ET
Storm vs. Sparks - Sunday at 9pm ET
The 2021 NWSL regular season continues and all teams are heading into week seven of 24 as clubs start to bid farewell to international players heading off for Olympic duty. Clubs will have to figure out how to cope with no break in the league for the summer games in Tokyo and power rankings might change as a result.
Orlando Pride have finally lost a match! I’m not happy or sad about it but it is nice to see other teams (a.k.a. North Carolina Courage) climbing up the ranks. Lynn Williams has led the Courage to three straight wins, contributing to goals in every game, scoring four goals in back to back matches to take the Courage up to second in the table.
This weekend’s games will be extremely important. With the impending departure of international players leading into the Olympics these teams have to make every match count.
Five games on the docket this weekend:
Gotham FC vs. Kansas City - Friday at 7pm ET
Washington Spirit vs. Chicago Red Stars - Friday at 7:30pm ET
Houston Dash vs. OL Reign - Friday at 8:30pm ET
Racing Louisville vs. Portland Thorns - Saturday at 7:30pm ET
Orlando Pride vs. North Carolina Courage - Sunday at 6pm ET
Check out this weekend's NWSL matchups Saturday on Twitch!
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