Daily Digest: Poppy Cleall calls on nations to invest in women’s rugby
In Today’s News: Poppy Cleall calls for investing in women’s rugby, BT Sport makes the Champions League final free and Ashleigh Barty reaches the Madrid Open semi-final.
Poppy Cleall calls for investment in women’s rugby
England rugby star Poppy Cleall called on countries to invest in their women’s rugby teams. In an Instagram post, Cleall wrote that England “cannot continue to play the professionals against the amateurs”.
“Invest in the girls, invest in the passionate and dedicated athletes that you see week after week – they represent your nations so well,” she said. “They deserve better and they deserve the resources to reach their potential as soon as possible. There must be a level playing field. “
Cleall was named a Player of the Women’s Six Nations Championship, which England won last month for the third year in a row. The Red Roses were the only professional team in the tournament.
BT Sport makes Champions League final free
The Women’s Champions League final between Chelsea and Barcelona on May 16 will be open to everyone.
Those with a BT subscription will still be able to watch the game on BT Sport 2, but the game will also be streamed for free on the BT Sport app and YouTube channel.
“Showing off the highly anticipated UEFA Women’s Champions League final further advances our commitment to women’s sport, as well as BT’s partnerships with each of the four UK football associations to engage girls and women in participate in football, ”said Simon Green, director of BT Sport.
“We hope that making the game available to everyone without a subscription will encourage new fans to watch and engage in women’s football during this exciting time for the game.”
Ashleigh Barty and Paula Badosa reach Madrid Open semi-finals
Ashleigh Barty and Paula Badosa will face off in the Madrid Open semi-finals after winning their respective quarter-finals.
Australia’s Barty, the current world number one, faced Petra Kvitová of the Czech Republic. She eventually emerged victorious after scoring 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
Badosa, who is a wildcard but has the Spanish crowd behind her, stunned Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic 6-4, 7-5.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has yet to discover her opponent in the semi-finals. The Russian defeated Czech star Karolína Muchová 7-6, 7-6 and will face Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus or Elise Mertens of Belgium.
Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix finishes fourth at the Diving World Cup
Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix, 17, narrowly missed a medal at the Diving World Cup in Tokyo. She scored 73.60 points to place fourth in the women’s 10-meter platform event.
Although she failed to reach the podium, Spendolini-Sirieix secured a quota spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by reaching the semi-finals.
Spendolini-Sirieix has so far impressed during her career and was named last year by the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.
Billie Jean Cup final left Budapest
The Hungarian capital of Budapest will no longer host the Billie Jean King Cup finals after the cancellation of its contract with the International Tennis Federation.
The governing body claimed he was left with “no other option” after being told by the Hungarian Tennis Association that COVID-19 security concerns meant the tournament could not take place in Budapest this year.
Formerly known as the Fed Cup, the Billie Jean Cup final was scheduled to be held in Budapest in April 2020, before being postponed for a year due to the pandemic. It was then announced in February that the event would be postponed again. The ITF must now find a new location alongside new dates.