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What Happened This Week in Sports?


The last few days have certainly been exciting in the world of sports!

Although fast-paced padel had little to offer fans this week, tennis picked up the slack with some huge individual victories and doubles triumphs. Meanwhile, soccer has a growing youth movement picking up steam with some big-time call-ups to national teams.

Here are the highlights you need to know.

Tennis

Tennis had some impressive wins in both singles and doubles, along with a fantastic new ranking for one all-time tennis star. Let’s dive in.

Best Ranking and a Victory in Berlin for Ons Jabeur

Ons Jabeur holding trophy

Tunisian tennis superstar Ons Jabeur has done it again!

Jabeur celebrates her third career WTA triumph by taking home the WTA 500 title. She is now ranked number 3 in the world and is preparing for the doubles with Serena Williams at Rothesay International in Eastbourne.

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Siniakova and Sanders Win the Doubles at the WTA 500 in Berlin

Katerina Siniakova and Storm Sanders holding trophies

Czech Katerina Siniakova and Australian Storm Sanders took home the doubles crown at the WTA 500 in Berlin. They defeated France’s Alize Cornet and Swiss Jil Teichmann with sets of 6-4 and 6-3.

Siniakova is currently ranked number 3 in doubles competition, while Sanders is ranked number 12. This win marks Sanders’ fourth career WTA doubles title.

Mertens and Zhang Clinch Runners Up at the WTA 250 in Birmingham

Shuai Zhang and Elise Mertens holding trophies and champagne

Shuai Zhang and Elise Mertens had a fantastic showing at the WTA 250 in Birmingham. After a hard-fought tournament, they defeated Samantha Stosur and Latisha Chan in the semi-finals with sets of 6-1 and 7-5.

Austrian Star Sinja Kraus Wins the ITF W25 in Poertschach 

Sinja Kraus holding flowers and trophies

Sinja Kraus went all the way at the ITF W25 in Poertschach. After making her way to the finals, she beat Ivana Jorovic in a hard-fought battle with sets of 6-1, 1-6, and 6-2.

This is Sinja’s second ITF W25 title. 

Polina Kudermetova Wins the ITF W25 in Raanana

Polina Kudermetova holding trophy

After advancing to the finals of the ITF W25 in Raanana, Russian tennis star Polina Kudermetova defeated Maria Timofeeva in the finals with sets of 4-6, 6-4, and 7-5. 


Good Luck, Harris!

 Lloyd Harris hitting tennis ball with tennis racket

Number 36 ranked Lloyd Harris underwent surgery on his right wrist on Sunday, ending his 2022 season. Harris, who injured himself some time ago and has never fully recovered, said he wants to focus on his recovery and return to the field at 100% of his strength in 2023.

Soccer

Soccer news is dominated by rising youth stars this week, along with a close win in Malaysia. Let’s check it out!

Youth Leading the Way

Nicola Bagnolini playing goalie Gioele Zacchi kicking soccer ball

U18 National Team: Nicola Bagnolini of Bologna, who made headlines with their series A debut, was called up to the Under-18 National Team for the Oran 2022 Mediterranean Games. The games are scheduled in Algeria from June 25th to July 5th.

U19 National Team: Gioele Zacchi of Sassuolo is once more in the spotlight! The young goalkeeper was called up on the official list for the UEFA European Under-19 Championship, scheduled in Slovakia from June 18th to July 1st.

Winners in Malaysia 

Players from the Sabah FC mens soccer team

Sabah FC's Lotto team beat Pahang by 2 to 1, temporarily taking the top spot in the Liga Super.

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