There is set to be plenty of interest across a plethora of women’s sports this summer, with numerous exciting competitions set to take place. The football World Cup in France will take centre stage, as Phil Neville leads the Lionesses into his first major tournament in charge. However, there is plenty more to get excited about across the summer, so we’ve decided to take a look at who you should be keeping an eye on over the coming months.
The World Cup looks set to be the most viewed women’s event this summer. England captain Steph Houghton has all the experience needed to help the Lionesses to go all the way in France.
Away from the football pitch, the British Open will see numerous hopefuls aiming to claim a major on the golf course. British hopes will be with Charley Hull, who is ranked 20th in the world currently, with the 23-year-old looking for her first major title.
Heather Knight’s England side will take on Australia in July, with the Ashes series again to be decided through matches in all three formats. A key member of the England side will be opening batsman Tammy Beaumont. The 28-year-old will be a threat in all three formats and could be the difference between victory and defeat this summer.
Johanna Konta reached her first French Open semi-final earlier in the week and will take on Marketa Vondrousova in a bid to reach her first Grand Slam final. Konta will once again be the centre of British attention at Wimbledon in July, looking to go one better than her semi-final exit in 2017.
Liverpool will play host to the 15th Netball World Cup next month. Tracey Neville’s England side look set to be extremely competitive and captain Serena Guthrie could play a vital role if England are to claim World Cup glory on the home stage.
The 2019 Solheim Cup will take place at Gleneagles in Scotland. Team USA have won the previous two meetings, however, European captain Catriona Matthew will be hoping to take back the prestigious prize in September in what will be a competitive encounter.
The 2019 World Athletics Championships will take place in Qatar. One woman to look out for will be Katarina Johnson-Thompson. The heptathlete won gold at the Commonwealth Games last year and looks set to be amongst the medals later this year.
The Road Cycling World Championships will take place at the end of September in Harrogate. Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands took the women’s road race last year, with British hopes resting with Dani Rowe. Rowe finished 26th last year and will be hoping to break into the top 10 in Harrogate later this year.
Sprinter Dina Asher-Smith enjoyed a phenomenal 2018 at European and world level and will be another to keep a close eye on in Qatar. The 23-year-old looks set to take part in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.
England will travel to America this summer to take part in the Women’s Rugby Super Series following their Six Nations success. If Simon Middleton’s side are to do well in the States, Sarah Hunter’s experience could prove to be crucial. The 33-year-old is approaching 100 national appearances and played a key role in the Red Roses’ Grand Slam victory earlier this year.