Your Weekend Sports Review

15 - 16 July

Czechia's Marketa Vondrousova made history on Saturday by becoming the first unseeded player to win the Wimbledon women's singles title. Ranked 42nd in the world and spending a lengthy time recovering from a wrist injury, Vondrousova overcame favourite Ons Jabeur from Tunisia by 6-4 6-4. For Jabeur it was especially emotional as it was her third major final loss. In the men's singles final, victory has gone to Spain's Carlos Alcaraz after defeating seven-time Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic 1-6 7-6 6-1 3-6 6-4.

Balbriggan in Ireland hosted Group A of the WBSC Softball World Cup, the first of three groups to determine who goes to the World Cup Finals in Italy next year. Defending champions USA and Australia have booked their tickets. Group B begins on Tuesday in Valencia, Spain. Known as France's highest city, Briançon hosted the International Federation of Sport Climbing World Cup with Lead as the discipline. The women's and men's champions are Slovenia's Vita Lukan and Japan's Anraku Sorato.

We are entering into the final week of the Tour de France and Denmark's Jonas Vingegaard is still the yellow jersey holder after stage 15. The UCI E-MTB Cross-Country World Cup spent the weekend in Italy's San Paolo d'Argon. Saturday's winners are Germany's Sofia Wiedenroth and France's Jérôme Gilloux, while Sunday's race belongs to France's Justine Tonso and Switzerland's Joris Ryf. Aalen in Germany hosted the next round of the UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup. Gold medals were claimed by home heroes Lia Schrievers and Felix Klausmann. 

Britain's Dan Bewley topped the podium in Målilla, Sweden, Round 6 of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix. Poland's Bartosz Zmarzlik still leads the overall standings. Turkey's Toprak Razgatlioglu won the Super Pole and Race 2 of the Italian Round, the seventh stage of the FIM Superbike World Championship. The current overall leader, Spain's Alvaro Bautista, won Race 1 and is now 70 points clear of Razgatlioglu on the overall standings. France's Etienne Bax and Czechia's Ondřej Čermák were the overall winners in Straßbessenbach, Germany, at the next round of the FIM Sidecar Motocross World Championship. France's Romain Febvre gained 43 points after a very successful Sunday in Loket, the next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship

Ireland's Bertram Allen and Pacino Amiro won the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of A Coruña. We move to the city of Shchuchinsk in northern-central Kazakhstan for the FIS Rollerski World Cup. Follow the link for the full results.

Switzerland was the host nation of the IOF Orienteering World Championship. Local star Simona Aebersold and Norway's Kasper Fosser won the long distance in Flims Laax. Victory in the middle distance belong to Sweden's Tove Alexandersson, her 18th WOC gold medal in the women’s class, and Switzerland's Matthias Kyburz. Finally, the relay event closed off a very successful competition. Gold was claimed by Sweden's women and Switzerland's men.

In the FIA Formula E World Championship, New Zealand's Mitch Evans dominated Round 13 on Saturday, becoming the first polesitter to stride to victory in Rome. Sunday belonged to Britain's Jake Dennis with an incredible first Grand Slam of the GEN3 era, claiming the pole position, fastest lap, and the win.

Colombia's women and men have topped the 12th CMAS Underwater Rugby World Championship in Montréal. France's Cassandre Beaugrand and New Zealand's Hayden Wilde were victorious at the World Triathlon Championship Series Hamburg. The host nation won the Mixed Relay. Germany dominated the International Wheel Gymnastics Team World Championships 2023 by taking both junior and senior titles in Chicago. France Women and Pakistan Men won the Homeless World Cup 2023 in Sacramento, California. The incredible football event brought communities together from around the world. Over to pentathlon where Egypt's Farida Khalil and France's Mathis Issaka Idelarge have won the UIPM 2023 U17 World Championships held Alexandria, Egypt. Iran defeated Italy 3-2 to lift the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship held in Bahrain. 

Cluj-Napoca in Romania hosted the FIG World Challenge Cup in Rhythmic Gymnastics. Italy's Sofia Raffaeli won both the All-Around and Hoop titles. Italy also claimed gold in the Group 5 Hoops. The Ball final was taken by Bulgaria's Boryana Kaleyn, while Germany's Darja Varfolomeev won the Ribbon final. Lastly, Brazil are the Group 3 Ribbons and 2 Balls champions.

For the second time, Clutch Players are the World Wiffle Ball Champions. In mountain running, Malonno in Italy hosted two World Mountain Running Association World Cup races. In the vertical uphill race, Austria's Andrea Mayr and Kenya's Patrick Kipngen claimed victory. Kenya took double gold in the classic mountain through Joyce Muthoni and Philemon Kariago.

Until next time, have a great week in sport.

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