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Women’s sport – England beat Mexico in FIFA World Cup, Nicola Adams flys the flag, and national bike week starts

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What’s happened in women’s sport this week? England strike into second place in their group stages and Johanna Konta is knocked out off the Nottingham Open for tennis.  We dug deep to see how England lost their opening match against France

Is there hope for England in the FIFA Women’s World Cup?

After England’s defeat last Tuesday against France, the squad have now placed themselves in a strong position to qualify for the last 16. Despite their loss, it didn’t make much of an impact as to where they stand in Group F. But fortunately for the ladies they are currently holding a spot in second place. Luckily for their victory against Mexico on Saturday, it means they are now equal points with France who were beaten by Colombia. Ouch. England is facing Colombia in their final game of group stages.

Fran Kirby, the 21-year-old striker who recently got back into the game after having quit football due to depression following the death of her mother. Shall we applaud Sampson as this was his first World Cup win after England’s struggle earlier on in the tournament? England will be up against Colombia on Wednesday, fingers crossed girls…

Romania’s Monica Niculesca knocks Johanna Konta and Angnieszka Radwanska from the Nottingham Open

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A frustrated Konta has been aiming to reach her first WTA tour semi-final – Getty

British tennis number two Johanna Konta has been knocked out of the Nottingham Open by losing 6-2 2-6 6-2 to Monica Niculesca in the quarter-finals. Konta who is ranked 147 managed to save 14 of 20 break points by was beaten in two hours and 21 minutes by the Romanian. Unfortunately, Konta was aiming to reach her first WTA Tour semi-final, however she is now going to head to Birmingham for next week’s Aegon Classic which is followed by the Aegon International at Eastbourne right before Wimbledon.

Konta admits she had tried her best to beat her Romanian opponent but Niculesca dominated the final set of the game.

So who else has been knocked out of the Nottingham Open? Former Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska, the Polish world number 13 lost 5-7 6-4 6-0 to Niculesca in the semi-finals of the Nottingham Open. The Romanian is ranked 48 places below Radwanska. Unfortunately, Radwanska hasn’t had the year she’s been hoping for, the star hasn’t made it to a single final and her ranking has fallen seven places. Hang in there Radwanska.

Charley Hull putts four shots off lead in the Women’s PGA Championship

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Teenager Charley Hull is two shots off the lead in a tie for third after day one of the Women’s
PGA Championship – Getty

It’s bad news for England’s Charley Hull who bogeyed her final three holes to slip four shots off the lead after the second round of the Women’s PGA Championship. The Women’s PGA Championship is the second of the LPGA Tour’s five majors. World number one (not Tiger Woods) Lydia Ko, missed her cut as a professional. But Hull, the 19-year-old dropped a shot as a one-over round of 74 left her four under at the halfway stage at the Westchester Country Club in New York.

Bike week 2015

This week is national Bike Week. Bike week aims to show us how riding your bike can easily be part of everyday life, promoting cycling over other forms of transport. Concentrating on the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling this years bike week has a special focus on encouraging people to cycle to work. With mass participation events all over the country, take advantage of this cheap, easy, healthy and effortlessly chic method of transport.

The 2015 event takes place 13-21st June, but events run up until September.

Women make more history for sport

Boxer Nicola Adams said: ‘It’s another chance to make history,’ right after being selected to carry the Great Britain flag at the opening ceremony for the inaugural European Games in Baku. Not only does it show respect that women are finally being given a chance to make a stand in sport, Adams says that carrying the flag ‘means everything’ to her.

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Adams described carrying the flag as one of the best experiences of her life, and one she’ll never forget – Instagram

Adams also hopes to complete a historical treble in Azerbaijan for the event which runs until 28 June.

Until next week, we’ll see what other sporting challenges women will face, but let’s cross our fingers for the ladies playing in Canada.

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