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Sports round-up: 16 – 22 September

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2928001694_beb2aa507cWelcome to the round-up, our weekly bulletin of British women’s sports results from around the globe.

Netball:

England fought hard to win the opening game of a three-match series against South Africa on 22 September. With a score of 48-39, England remain unbeaten in 2013.

England started slowly, and South Africa took advantage to lead 17-13. However, a few substitutions in the second quarter gave England the boost they needed to edge ahead, and they continued to stretch their lead after half-time.

The series continues at Wembley on 25 September, and at Worcester Arena on 27 September.

Football:

England opened their World Cup qualifying campaign with a convincing win over Belarus in Bournemouth.

Karen Carney opened the scoring, before Ellen White put away a second goal to give England a comfortable lead.

Carney scored another two, completing her hat-trick before the half-time whistle. Goals from Nathasha Dowie and Eni Aluko gave the home side a 6-0 win.

The match was England’s first following a disappointing exit from the Euros, and the sacking of former head coach Hope Powell. Interim coach Brent Hills said he would not get carried away with the win.

“One swallow does not make a summer,” he told the BBC.

Scotland were equally impressive in their first qualifier, against the Faroe Islands on 22 September. The Scots won comfortably, with two goals from Leanne Ross contributing to a 7-2 scoreline at the final whistle.

Tennis:

This time last year, Laura Robson became the first British woman in 24 years to reach a WTA singles final at China’s Guangzhou Open, but this year she was not able to emulate her past success.

The British number one beat Jovana Jaksic and Zheng Saisai to reach the quarterfinals, where she fell to home favourite Zheng Jie in the quarterfinals September 19.

Robson played a strong first set, but lost the second in a tie-break. Zheng then raced through the final set for a 1-6, 7-6, 6-2 victory.

British number three Johanna Konta also lost to a Chinese player in the quarterfinals, falling to Shuai Peng, 7-5, 6-3.

Meanwhile, Heather Watson lost in the first round of the Korea Open to Kimiko Date-Krumm, the oldest player in the world’s top 100.

Stoolball:

England Ladies played the President’s XI at Under-21 and Over-50 levels for the first time ever on 22 September.

Both matches, which took place at Horsham Cricket Club, were 20 overs-a-side and both were won by the England teams.

England’s Under-21s won their first ever match, scoring 150 and dismissing the President’s XI for 81, while England Over-50s scored an impressive 209 for 3. Gill Hemsley made 80.

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