In the news of the day: Venus Williams won her opening match at Wimbledon, Laura Muir was selected for the 800m and 1500m at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, an Olympic warm-up match for the Netherlands against South Africa has been cancelled.
Venus Williams wins her inaugural Wimbledon match
Five-times Wimbledon champion Venus Williams beat Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the opening round of a Grand Slam.
The 41-year-old American played her 90th Grand Slam match and her 23rd singles tie at Wimbledon. She will face Tunisian Anas Jaber in the next round.
It seemed that Slovenian Tamara Zidansek was ready to surprise former world number one Karolina Pliskova after winning the first set, but the Czech returned to win 5-2 7-5 6-4. Her next opponent is Donna Vekic, after she defeated Croatian Russia’s Anastasia Potapova 6-1, 6-4.
Laura Muir has been selected for the 800m and 1500m at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo
Laura Muir is named after the 72-man British athletics team heading to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 28-year-old will compete in the 800m and 1500m races. In 2018 she took the world silver and European champion in the last distance.
Dina Asher-Smith will compete as the 200m world champion and also be part of an impressive 100m squad. Seven-year-old Katharina Johnson-Thompson is included in the “Subject Fit” cast. The world champion is currently suffering from an Achilles tendon injury.
The Tokyo 2020 athletics competition will be held from July 30 to August 8 at the Olympic Stadium.
South Africa cancels friendly football match with Netherlands
South Africa has canceled a football friendly match with the Netherlands after five members of the team tested positive for the coronavirus. The entire delegation was now placed in isolation.
The team will travel to the Netherlands this week and meet the European champions in Zwolle on Saturday. The cancellation would be a blow to the Dutch side, who had hoped to use the match in preparation for the Olympics. The draw has been placed in Group F with Brazil, Zambia and China in the tournament, which kicks off on July 21.
Everton announced the departure of the first team
Everton’s Women’s Super League side announced the departures of first-team players Georgia Brougham, Maeva Clementron, Tina Rica Korbella, Molly Pike and Hannah Kwan. Ingrid Mo Wolde also left football after her retirement.
And in other football transfer news, Telegraph Sport reports that newly promoted Leicester are preparing to sign Manchester United and Manchester United defender Abby McManus. She will be joined by teammate Jess Siegsworth and left back Gemma Burfield from Bristol City.
Leicester have won the Women’s Championship in style and are clearly looking to make their mark on the WSL next season.
12-year-old Amir Mackie breaks the 5km world record مسافة
Emir Mackie of Belfast broke her own 5km world record for a 12-year-old with 13 seconds in Lisburn this weekend. It clocked an astonishing 16 minutes and 27 seconds.
Mackie broke the world’s best time as a 12-year-old in a 5km road race at Dawn Royal Racecourse in April, setting her latest record at the same venue. Annabella Velcheva set the world’s best 5km road race for a 12-year-old in March 2017. She succeeded at 5:16pm FL.