International Sports Roundup Jan 2019

International Sports Roundup    with Sakuni

These are some of the key moments in the world of sports during the first month of 2019

Australian Open 2019The year’s first grand slam was held in Melbourne from 14th to 28th January. Novak Djokovic won the men’s championship for a record 7th time, defeating Rafael Nadal while Naomi Osaka, rising tennis star won the women’s championship making it her second straight grand slam title. Djokovic’s win allowed him to surpass Pete Sampras’s major events tally of 14. Djokovic now only trails his great rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slams win count. 

Sri Lanka in AustraliaThe tour of Australia started right after the tour to New Zealand in which Sri Lanka lost all the matches they played, barring one test match. The first test of the Australian tour was played as a day night test at Gabba stadium, Brisbane. Sri Lanka lost the test by innings and 40 runs thus continuing the horrid run by our cricketers. The second test will be played at Canberra from 1st February. Canberra will be hosting their first ever test match.

Liverpool leading in Premier LeagueLiverpool is currently at the top of Premier League fuelling the hopes of fans that they will win their first league title since 1989. Their biggest rivals Manchester City lost 3 matches in December, which enabled Liverpool to grab the 1st position. They are currently leading with 61 points while Man city is behind them with 56 points. This will surely go down to the wire as both teams have fantastic squads to make a serious run for the title. 

Barcelon atop LaLigaBarcelona are maintaining their grip on top of LaLiga table as they finished January with 49 points, while second placed Atletico Madrid remains with 44 points. Barcelona are on course for a treble this year as they qualified for the round of 16 in Champions League and final four in the domestic cup competition. Their great rivals Real Madrid, after undergoing several changes this year, remains in 3rd place with 39 points.

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