It was the week Serena Williams was jolted back to reality by an unseeded Italian at the US Open. Cristiano Ronaldo showed that he thrives on criticisms by single-handedly destroying Espanyol. These are the seven sporting events that caught our eye last week.
Pennetta wins and then retires
Flavia Pennetta won her first Grand Slam at the 2015 US Open by beating Serena Williams’ slayer, Roberta Vinci, 7-6 6-2.
Pennetta then announced her retirement as she became the second Italian woman ever to win one of the tennis’ Grand Slam titles after Francesca Schiavone, who won the 2010 French Open.
The 33-year-old revealed that she had decided to retire at the end of the season not knowing that she would win anything that big.
“I make a big decision in my life – this is the way I like to say goodbye to tennis. One month ago I decided that this is the way I would say goodbye to tennis.
“This is my last and I couldn’t think of finishing in a better way.” This is what it means to go out on a high.
Ronaldo scores five against Espanyol
Cristiano Ronaldo had been criticised recently but he replied his critics in an emphatic manner as he scored five goals in the 6-0 mauling of Espanyol on Saturday and just one of the five was from the penalty spot. It was a second time that the Portuguese would score five goals in one match – a feat he managed against Granada last season – and those goals cemented his place as Real Madrid’s highest goal scorer in La Liga.
Ko becomes youngest Golf major winner
New Zealand’s Lydia Ko is into the record books as the youngest winner of a Golf major. The world No.2 achieved the milestone with a six-stroke victory at the Evian Championship in France on Sunday while aged just 18 years, four months and 20 days. Ko takes over the record from Morgan Pressel, who was 18 years, 10 months and nine days old when she won the Kraft Nabisco in 2007.
Hingis wins two Grand Slam titles at the US Open
Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza claimed a second consecutive Grand Slam title by beating Yaroslava Shvedova and Casey Dellacqua 6-3 6-3 in the US Open women’s doubles.
The 34-year-old former No.1 also won the US Open mixed doubles title alongside Leander Paes, making it five Major doubles titles in 2015.
Hingis came out of retirement for a second time in 2013 – and has now won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles in total in her career.
Nasarawa United slay Sunshine in Akure
After ending Kano Pillars’ long unbeaten run in Kano in August, mid-table Nigeria Premier Football league side, Nasarawa United showed that they are indeed giant killers as they handed league-chasing Sunshine United their first home defeat of the season – bruising the Akure Arsenal 3-2. For Sunshine, their season is threatening to unravel as they have now lost back-to-back games for the first time this season and now trail Enyimba by eight points, in fourth place with nine matches left in the season.
NBA great, Moses Malone is dead
One of the truly great basketball players in the NBA, Moses Malone, is dead. He died in a hotel in Norfolk, Virginia. He was said to have been found ‘unresponsive and not breathing in his room by hotel staff’ on Sunday morning.
Malone posted some amazing stats in the 21 seasons he played as a professional. In 1,455 professional games, he had an average of 20.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game and he still holds the NBA records for most offensive rebounds; 6,731, 587 in a season and 21 in a single game.
Mayweather equals Marciano’s record and retires
‘Money Man’ Floyd Mayweather won his 49t bout on points against Andre Berto on Sunday morning at the MGM Arena and announced afterwards that he was retiring from the sport after he equalled Rocky Marciano’s career record of 49-0. The 38-year-old said, “There’s nothing left to prove in the sport of boxing. Now I just want to spend time with my family.”
He retires – if his father does not get his wish that he fights for a 50t time to break the long-standing record, as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters that the world has ever seen.
He added, “I am leaving the sport with all my faculties, I’m still sharp and smart. I’ve accomplished everything in this sport, there’s nothing else to accomplish.” Well he has also amassed a lot of wealth, one hopes he does not squander the fortune and then searches for a 50th pay day!