Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova to win her sixth Australian Open and 19th Grand Slam title. The American world number one served superbly to win a pulsating final 6-3 7-6 (7-5) after Sharapova fought back in the second set. Williams, 33, moves past Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert with a 19th major singles title. She has now beaten Russia’s Sharapova, the world number two, 16 times in a row dating back to 2004. “I have to congratulate Maria, she played a wonderful match and she really pushed me,” said Williams. “She played so well and gave me a great final not only for the fans, but for women’s tennis. I’m really honoured to play her in the final.” Despite feeling so unwell during a rain delay in the first set that she left the court to vomit, Williams hit 18 aces and 38 winners as she won in one hour and 51 minutes.
Colombian-born singer Shakira has given birth to her second child, the second son for her and longtime love Gerard Pique, Barcelona star and Spain International. She announced the arrival of her son, Sasha Pique Mebarak on her website and explained the meaning behind his name. “The name Sasha is of Greek and Russian descent and means ‘defender of mankind’ and ‘warrior,'” her blog states. Sasha arrived Thursday night via C-section at hospital Quirón-Teknon de Barcelona. Sacha joins big brother Milan in the family fold. Although Shakira kept a fairly low profile during her second pregnancy, which was first revealed in August, the 37-year-old blonde beauty has always been open about her plans to expand her family. “I would love to have eight or nine kids with Gerard,” she told Latina magazine. “My own fútbol team.” Pretty ambitious, right?
Nigeria’s Flying Eagles on Friday at the National Stadium, Abuja, maintained their unbeaten run in the ongoing Super 6 pre-season tournament following their 4-1 defeat of Dolphins of Port Harcourt. The result gave the Flying Eagles the Super 6 title with 12 points, even ahead of the last game tomorrow against the national U-23 side, the Dream Team which is second on the table with eight points.
The Super Six tourney is organized as a tune up games ahead of the start of Nigerian Premier League. Aside the Flying Eagles and U-23 Dream Team, other clubs involved in the tournament are Dolphins of Port Harcourt, Enyimba of Aba, Worri Wolves and Kano Pillars. The tournament is on a league basis where all the sides face themselves.