Emma Raducanu creates history, Djokovic misses out, Hamilton crashes and more7 min readReading Time: 5 minutes
The Big Two
First-ever qualifier wins US Open!
In what was a final between an 18-year-old British qualifier and a 19-year-old Canadian rookie, Emma Raducanu, became the first-ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam in the Open era.
She did that without dropping a single set, winning 20 sets in a row. This was the first all-teen grand slam final since the 1999 US Open final when a 17-year-old Serena Williams beat an 18-year-old Martina Hingis.
Raducanu became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam major in 44 years after Virginia Wade lifted the Wimbledon trophy in 1977.
Ricciardo wins Italian Grand Prix
Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Italian Grand Prix in a stunning McLaren one-two at Monza to give McLaren’s first win since 2012. This was also Ricciardo’s first since winning the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix with Red Bull.
Medvedev Foils Golden Slam
Novak Djokovic’s quest for a record 21st major title was thwarted by Daniil Medvedev in a stunning 6-4 6-4 6-4 defeat in the U.S. Open final. The Serbian was trying to become the first man in over a half-century to win all four majors (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open) in the same year.
This was the Russian’s first-ever grand slam victory.
Cristiano Ronaldo announced his return to Old Trafford with two goals in Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Newcastle United. The superstar returned to the Premier League after 12 years and gave United the lead with a simple tap-in at the end of the first half. His second goal restored United’s lead, a few minutes after the opponents found the equalizer, and set up the victory.
Manchester City defeated Leicester City 0-1 to make it three consecutive wins in the league. Bernardo Silva scored the winner for the defending champions.
Chelsea registered a thumping 3-0 win over Aston Villa as Romelu Lukaku scored a brace in his first home game of the season. Liverpool claimed an away victory at Elland Road, defeating Leeds 0-3. Arsenal scored their first goal of the season to register their first win, beating Norwich 1-0.
Thomas Lemar scored in the ninth minute of added time to give Atletico Madrid a last-gasp 2-1 victory at newly-promoted Espanyol.
Real Madrid twice came from behind before comfortably beating Celta Vigo, 5-2. Karim Benzema scored a hattrick and Vinicius Jr, debutant Eduardo Camavinga also chipped in to add gloss to the scoreline.
Thomas Lemar scored in the ninth minute of added time to give Atletico Madrid a last-gasp 2-1 victory at newly-promoted Espanyol in La Liga on Sunday.
Valencia conceded early but recovered to win 4-1 at Osasuna for its second win in a row.
Real Sociedad picked up a third consecutive victory with a 2-0 win against Cadiz.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his return from injury with a goal as AC Milan moved top of Serie A table with a 2-0 win over Lazio.
Champions Inter Milan drew 2-2 at Sampdoria.
Roma manager José Mourinho marked the 1,000th game of his coaching career by running the length of the field to celebrate Stephan El Shaarawy’s late winner in a 2-1 victory over Sassuolo.
It was the 639th win of Mourinho’s career.
Messi sets international record
Argentina’s captain Lionel Messi went past Brazilian legend, Pele’s tally of 77 international goals with a hat-trick against Bolivia in a World Cup qualifier last week. The 34-year-old has scored 79 goals in 153 appearances for his country. His rival Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for the most number of international goals – 111 goals in 180 games for Portugal.
Title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided and crashed out after their pitstops, with Verstappen’s Red Bull lifting off the kerb and ending up on top of Hamilton’s Mercedes in the gravel. Verstappen’s maintains a five-point lead in the championship
COVID forces postponement of final England-India Test
The fifth and final Test in Manchester was postponed indefinitely due to a Covid-19 outbreak within the visiting India squad. The BCCI is in talks with the ECB over conducting the match at a later date.
There is a possibility that this Test could be held next year when India return to England next year for a scheduled limited-overs series.
At the end of the four Tests, India leads the series, 2-1.
SL vs RSA
Hosts Sri Lanka beat South Africa in the decider to claim the 3-match ODI series 2-1. Debutant Maheesh Theekshana bowled a superb spell in the match and finished with figures of 4 for 37 as SA folded for 125 in 30 overs, chasing a target of 204. This was Sri Lanka’s first ODI series win since February 2020.
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Author’s note: Adithya G is a freelance writer and sports enthusiast.