HOP TO IT and find out which Women’s Sports Events are going down this LONG WEEKEND!
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Canadian Open Squash Championships
The draws are set, the tournament has begun and we’ve seen a handful of surprises. THIS is the Canadian Open Squash Championship! 👏
The female event is the first Women’s Canadian Open in over 30 years and the largest purse ever at $30,000 USD. The draw was headlined by Calgary’s Danielle Letourneau (World No. 20) as well as Canadians Hollie Naughton (World No. 16), Nicole Bunyan (World No. 48), Nikole Todd (World No. 96), Hannah Blatt (World No. 150) and Iman Shaheen. The event also features Olivia Fiechter (World No. 10) of the United States and Lisa Aitken (World No. 35) from Scotland.
The second round saw some shocking moments, with one unseeded Canadian adding to the number of hopes. Canada’s Todd went up against Swiss No. 2 Nadia Pfister, the draw's No. 5 seed, and she was able to come through in straight games, after winning a crucial first game tie-break. The Canadian took it 13-11 before going on to win in three in less than half an hour. Todd went on to face fellow Canadian and World No. 21 Letourneau in the last eight of the competition.
And in the all-Canadian quarter-final matchup, Todd and Letourneau took it all the way to five games. AND this is all after Letourneau was down 2-0 at the start. Letourneau ended up taking the win 3-2 but Todd put up a really good fight Soooo it was an entertaining match to say the least and it’s clear we have some Canadian squash powerhouses to look out for.
There’s bound to be many more unexpected moments to come in the remainder of the tournament! So don’t miss the first Women’s Canadian Open in over 30 years. Check out this weekend’s squash coverage on CBC Sports!
LPGA LOTTE Championship
The best in women’s golf are heading to HAWAII this week for the LPGA LOTTE Championship! Expect sunny days, beautiful scenery, and some AMAZING GOLF!
Round One was held Wednesday, with round two taking place Thursday, round three Friday and the final round on Saturday.
This is the eighth event in the LPGA calendar. Among the favourites to win the title this year are defending champion Lydia Ko, Jennifer Kupcho, and Hannah Green just to name a few.
Canada’s Brooke Henderson will also return to the LOTTE Championship as the only two-time winner in the tournament’s history. The 24-year-old has 10 LPGA Tour wins and a major under her belt. But despite some stellar play so far this year, she has yet to pick up a trophy in 2022. Sitting at No.10 in the Rolex Rankings, Henderson leads the field this week in scoring average at 68.826. Could she win this tournament for the third time? We’ll have to wait and see! It'll be an uphill battle for her after scoring 2-over in the first round.
Six of the worldwide top ten women’s golf players will be in attendance for the event, all playing for a chance to win the $2 million USD cash prize!
Catch the second, third and fourth rounds on the Golf Channel at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday to Saturday!
NWSL Challenge Cup
The 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup is starting to get serious!
Currently at its fourth week (out of seven), the tournament has brought the league’s 12 teams from across the U.S. in a head-to-head for the third time ever—and it hasn’t disappointed.
The heat is building! And so far, no one has snatched the lead, as five teams are tied at two wins each. Among them is last year’s Cup champion, the Portland Thorns, who remain a favourite to take the title this time around.
With that, the league’s expansion seems to be drawing people to the tournament. They say April 2nd’s preseason game between the San Diego Wave and the Los Angeles’ Angel City brought in the NWSL’s sixth-largest television audience (at 456,000 viewers on CBS Sports) in its entire 10 year history!
This might be because Hollywood celebrities, such as Natalie Portman, Jennifer Garner and Eva Longoria, are team investors.
So, how could you possibly miss the rest of it?
Don’t forget to also keep up with weekly awards that take place during the Cup! They include Player of the Week and Save of the Week, which was first secured this year by Canadian goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan who plays for the San Diego Wave.
Tune in to Twitch, Paramount+, CBS Sports or fuboTV to watch the tournament’s 2020 champs, the Houston Dash, take on the Kansas City Current at 8:00 p.m. ET. And don’t miss Saturday and Sunday’s back-to-back games to stay updated!
Vitality Women’s FA Cup
The Women’s FA Cup SEMI-FINAL matches will be going down this weekend as teams fight to make it to the FINALS and win the trophy. The matchups are West Ham vs Manchester City, and Arsenal vs Chelsea.
First up are West Ham and Manchester City, who will play Saturday morning. Manchester City currently sits fourth overall in the FA WSL standings, having won all five of their last matches. They get West Ham who sit seventh in the standings, with one win, three losses and a draw making up their last five games. It’s sure to be an exciting match as both teams have something to prove!
Sunday morning Arsenal and Chelsea will kick off the second semi-final game. Chelsea currently sit first in the overall standings, with Arsenal close behind in second. Their last five matches are almost identical - Chelsea has won all five, with Arsenal winning four and having one draw.
It will be an absolute GRIND as two of the best teams in women’s football go head to head - and only one can make it out!
Catch West Ham vs. Manchester City Saturday morning at 7:15 a.m. ET, and Chelsea vs. Arsenal Sunday morning at 7:30 p.m. ET on BBC Sport.
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