FOOTBALL WEEKEND ROUNDUP
Welcome to the first edition of football weekend round up in which yours sincerely will take you round the major happenings of football over the weekend.
First up is the 4 – 1 victory of Spurs over Sunderland- what impact will this have over spurs top 4 ambition and Sunderland’s relegation troubles, especially with a win for their local rivals Newcastle against in form Westham?
There were wins for Bournemouth, Man City, Southampton and Newcastle. It was a pulsating encounter at the bridge: a six-goal thriller, all coming in the second half. The blues were fortunate to get a point from that encounter after John Terry back-heeled a somewhat controversial goal to get a point. Arsenal and Stoke couldn’t register a goal and the big one at Anfield was settled by Wazza himself.
Next we catch up very briefly with La Liga where Zidane won his second game for Madrid. Simeone’s men remain top after an impressive away win at Las Palmas and there was a six nil thumping by Barcelona over Bilbao at the Camp Nou.
Finally, we look forward to the weekend games where Norwich take on Liverpool, Man Utd play host to Ronald Koeman’s Southampton, Barca travel to Malaga and the big one itself Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates on Sunday.
Australian Open 2016 preview: Can Azarenka reclaim title from Serena Williams?
Serena Williams: one of the greatest women ever to play tennis, one of the finest female athletes in any sport, the defending and six-time Australian champion, a record-breaker many times over, and now targeting the ultimate record, the most Grand Slam singles titles… erhm!! I love Serena.
She has been the dominant player of the last four years, and remains, at the age of 34, at the top of the rankings with a clear margin after almost three straight years at No1. During that time, she has added eight Grand Slams to reach 21, claiming three of them during 2015—holding all four at the same time with the 2014 US Open title—and she ended her season with a remarkable 53-3. I mean ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE.
Well, Serena is in Australia nursing a bit of a niggling injury. I watched few clips of her training and somehow all doesn’t seem well with the queen of tennis, she looks a bit jaded. After her training session she had this to say:
“I’m a little tired today. I’ve been working so hard… I’ve had really good preparation—I don’t have the match-play that I’ve wanted but after playing for so many years, I should be able to focus.
“[My knee] is actually really fine…. Honestly, I don’t have anything to prove. I have nothing to lose. I can only gain.”
Even assuming Williams is 100 percent, there remain big hurdles for the champion in the shape of a tough draw, a resurgence by one of her closest rivals, Victoria Azarenka, a very ambitious, fast-improving younger star keen to make her mark on this year’s GrandSlam. Is Victoria her biggest threat?
Her record in Australia was further boosted by winning the Brisbane title last week, though she did not meet a top-10 player until Angelique Kerber in the final. That late boost to her ranking into the top 16 means she also avoids a higher ranked woman until at least the fourth round. So she is the book-makers second favourite with good reason.
And for my non tennis faithfuls, here is a brief one on the first slam event of the year culled from wiki.
.The 2016 Australian Open will be a tennis tournament that takes place at Melbourne Park between 18–31 January 2016. It will be the 104th edition of the Australian Open, and the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.
.Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are the respective defending champions in the men’s and women’s singles.
.As in previous years, this year’s tournament’s title sponsor is Kia
And it’s a wrap. Until I come your way next time, stay cool people.
Mr. Michael Onyegide is an Internet savvy, sports writer who is very passionate about the game of football. He holds B.Eng from Imo state university and a Telemarketing Diploma frm Texas..