The past weekend was full of sports action including the HSBC Wellington Sevens, the Australian Open Finals some good Golf viewing. The event of the weekend was the popular J&B Met horse racing event which attracted interest from locals as well as international horse racing fans.
Smart Call shocked a top field to win the J&B Met at Kenilworth. Smart Call (15-2) had an outside chance with some recent good form, but most pundits were unconvinced she could match the strong field with the likes of Legal Eagle, Future and Legislate. However, Smart Call produced a superb race and cruised to a 3 length victory. Legal Eagle(15-10) placed second with Captain America(8-1) taking third. Smart Call could just be the new “wonder filly”.
The finals of the Australian Open produced some superb tennis over the weekend. The shock of the weekend was when Angelique Kerber stunned world number one Serena Williams to win her first grand slam title. Williams who was chasing a record equalling 22nd major title was beaten 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
The Men’s final confirmed just how good Novak Djokovic is as he won his sixth Australian Open title beating Andy Murray in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5, 7-6. Djokovic has now beaten Murray 11 times in their last 12 matches and in four Australian Open finals.
The Springbok sevens are the top of the standing despite a loss to New Zealand in the Wellington Sevens over the weekend. South Africa who produced some spectacular rugby during the tournament lead the All Blacks for most of the final match. The All Blacks managed to score three tries in the last 2 minutes with the winning try in stoppage time to edge the Blitz Bokke 24-21.
The World Series standings after round three in Wellington:
Brandon Grace defended his Quarter Masters title successfully over the weekend. Grace shot a final round 69 in cold and windy conditions to claim victory 2 shots clear of Cabrera-Bello of Spain and Denmark’s Thomas Olesen. With his victory Grace becomes the first player to win back-to-back Qatar Masters titles, despite describing his chances of winning again in Doha as “slim” at the beginning of the week. Grace plans to return next year to try securing a hat-trick of titles. This is Graces seventh European Tour title.