Weekend Sports Review

Weekend Sports Review

The heat has tiptoes into the UK making a weekend of outstanding sport even better. The Wimbledon Finals were the headline event of a weekend that included a demolition job in the Women’s Euros, a huge battle in the world of boxing, and of course, the never-ending soap opera of the transfer market.

Tessuti Talks Transfers

Let’s kick things off with the done deals. It was a weekend of full-back signings, with Brentford signing the highly-rated Aaron Hickey from Bologna for a fee of £18 million. Nottingham Forest added to the full-back list by completing the signing of Omar Richards from Bayern Munich for an undisclosed fee as well as signing Liverpool’s Nico Williams for a reported £17 million.

Joel Aribo has left Scottish giants Rangers to link up with Ralph HasenhĂĽttl on the south coast of England. For ÂŁ6 million, Joel Aribo is an excellent lower-price purchase for a Southampton team in need of reliable, and technically gifted attackers. Tottenham continue to bolster their squad, this time in the form of Clement Lenglet from Barcelona. Unable to fully find his feet at the Nou Camp, the French central defender will be aiming to rejuvenate his career in North London.

Whilst not technically fitting into the weekend’s news, the signings of Tyler Adams and Luis Sinisterra for £20 million and £21 million respectively will be a welcome boost for Jesse Marsch’s side. Yet, one of the more pleasant transfers has taken place in East London as West Ham have signed life-long fan Flynn Downes from Swansea for a £12 million fee with Downes signing until summer 2027.

Not yet officially announced, Chelsea have all but secured the services of Manchester City and England international Raheem Sterling for a £50 million fee including add ons. Sterling will be the first major signing under Chelsea’s new ownership structure, and is expected to be announced following the completion of a medical.

 

Wimbledon

What else can you say other than Wimbledon this year was, despite the early controversy, outstanding. Pure theatre at points, the skill and quality on display has certainly brightened the summer months of sports lovers all over the world.

Let’s begin with arguably the spectacle of the tournament, Kyrgios vs Djokovic in the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final. Few had Nick Kyrgios down as likely to reach the final, he himself would attest to that. Nonetheless, with a serve more powerful than almost anyone else, and a technical ability resilient of a street footballer, Kyrgios has plenty of tools in his arsenal to compete at the highest level. Having reached the final following Nadal’s exit due to injury, Kyrgios had it all to do against Novak Djokovic looking to win his fourth Wimbledon title in a row.

Despite dropping the first set following some outrageous Kyrgios serving, Djokovic secured his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3) victory on centre court. Despite Kyrgios slightly losing his temper following an ongoing spat with an audience member, the Australian conceded defeat graciously, calling Djokovic a “bit of a god”. Novak Djokovic is now only one Grand Slam away from Rafael Nadal’s 22 Grand Slam record. Outstanding from one of the greatest athletes of all time. For Kyrgios, you get the feeling he will be back sooner rather than later.

In the Women’s Singles Final, Elena Rybakina championed over third seed Ons Jabeur to claim her first Grand Slam title, becoming the youngest Wimbledon singles winner since 2011. In a similar style to Djokovic, Rybakina dropped the first set but managed to fight her way back to victory, winning 3-6 6-2 6-2.

Britain’s Alfie Hewett lost a Wimbledon men’s wheelchair singles final in a final-set tie-break against Japanese top seed Shingo Kunieda. Hewett could not have come much closer to victory, having served for the championship four times. Yet, it was Kunieda’s quality that shone through. Kunieda completed a double victory of Hewett, winning the Men’s Wheelchair Doubles title with partner Gustavo Fernandes, meaning that Hewett and partner Gordon Reid have had their run of ten consecutive Grand Slam titles ended.

Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova claim victory over top seeds Elise Mertens and Zhang Shuai in straight sets to win their second Wimbledon women’s doubles title, adding to their 2018 victory. This victory means the duo have now won five major doubles titles, two this year alone with the Wimbledon victory complimenting their earlier Australian Open success.

Women’s Euros 2022

France headline the weekend’s news, winning 5-1 over close rivals Italy. A first half hattrick from Grace Geyoro put the world number 3 side in cruise control, riding out an easy and relatively uncomplicated victory.

Saturday was a day of stalemates, with Portugal vs Switzerland and Netherlands vs Sweden ending in draws, 2-2, and 1-1 respectively. The Netherlands and Sweden are considered likely to make it all the way to this year’s final, therefore, a neutral result seems the natural outcome for two quality teams looking to nullify each other.

Boxing

Derick Chisora claimed victory over Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in a bout for the ages, with both fighters going toe-to-toe until the very end, with Chisora edging victory on a points decision.

Much has been made of Derick Chisora throughout his career, but few could deny his impact and legacy in the world of boxing is second-to-none. It seems as though the 38-year-old gets better with age, boxing’s fine wine.

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